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Bruno Walter Edition - Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 6


Release Date: 05/16/1995 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 64462   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For those wanting a single, representative disc from the [Bruno Walter Edition] series, the choice is obvious. The new coupling of Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6 (Pastoral) shows the conductor at his very finest. The urgency in the outer movements of the Fourth is balanced by the noble line of the Adagio, the string phrasing positively glowing. The Pastoral has comparable vitality and a natural organic flow; Walter keeps the Andante moving forward, yet there is no sense of hurry and his affection for the music permeates every bar. There is a relaxed inevitability about this music-making that is most rewarding, with the "Shepherds' thanksgiving" offering a properly radiant culmination.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [8/1995] Read more />
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Walter's reading of the Fourth is splendid, the finest achievement of his whole cycle. There is intensity and a feeling of natural vigor in every bar... The Pastoral represents the peak of his Indian summer in the American recording studios, an affectionate, finely integrated performance from a master, with beautifully balanced sound.

-- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Outstanding Pastoral Symphony!! September 6, 2012 By W. Brown (Centerburg, OH) See All My Reviews "Bruno Walter knows how to conduct Beethoven. His recording of the 6th Symphony (Pastorale) is simply the finest on disc. From the opening passages of the first movement, one is in for a real treat. Actually the entire Beethoven Symphony cycle conducted by Bruno Walter is an essential to add to one's Classical cd collection, but for starters, I would recommend this particular recording. Grab a copy and get lost in the wonderful world of Beethoven. Highly Recommended!!" Report Abuse
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