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Beethoven: Symphony no 6, Leonore Overture no 3, etc / Böhm, Berlin Philharmonic


Release Date: 10/04/1999 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4631982   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


While recording Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, producer Walter Legge took issue with Otto Klemperer's slow tempos, to which the conductor retorted "Walter, you will get used to it." One wonders how Karl Böhm might have responded had his producer questioned the leisurely gait for this classic 1971 "Pastoral". Within its expansive parameters, though, a lean, bracing sound world emerges as Böhm wields an iron hand in an animated glove. What's more, Deutsche Grammophon's full-bodied, cyrstal-clear sonics make the Vienna Philharmonic's rapturous, nuanced playing all the more irresistible. Close, impactive miking, however, transforms the rounded Dresden Staatskapelle sonority into something more astringent.
Read more Without a scorecard, I would have attributed the taut contours and slashing tuttis of Böhm's Third Leonore and Fidelio Overtures to George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra! If you missed Böhm's "Pastoral" in earlier full-priced CD incarnations, isn't it worth the price of a tuna sandwich to grab it now, while you can? [Editor's Note: This performance of Beethoven's Sixth is also available in DG's "Originals" series, excellently remastered.]

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 

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