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Beethoven: Symphony No 4; Mahler, Schumann / Böhm, Et Al


Release Date: 11/15/1999 
Label:  Orfeo D'or Catalog #: 522991   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenGustav MahlerRobert Schumann
Performer:  Christa Ludwig
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Karl Böhm's studio recording of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony remains one of the finest available. It's a heroic conception, one that relates the work both to the "Eroica" and the upcoming Fifth Symphony more clearly than most. This live performance offers essentially the same conception, although less well recorded and with the occasional slips and minor ensemble problems typical of a live source. What makes this disc particularly valuable is Christa Ludwig's sensational singing in the Wayfarer songs, a reading of really gripping drama and almost raw emotion. Schumann's Fourth also gets an extremely exciting, rough-and-ready outing, proving yet again that live recordings often do provide an extra shot of adrenaline when Read more compared to more carefully "perfect" studio efforts. Given the source, a 1969 radio recording, the stereo sound is perfectly acceptable. You'll wish you had been there in person.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/17/1969 
Venue:  Live  Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
2. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/17/1969 
Venue:  Live  Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
3. Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/17/1969 
Venue:  Live  Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (1841).
Composition revised: Germany (1851). 

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