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Beethoven: Symphony No 6, Leonore No 3 / Ozawa

Release Date: 03/03/2009 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462595   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saito Kinen Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Finely judged performances conveying the composer’s thoughts with unforced eloquence.

This is a Pastoral of an altogether special pedigree and temper, easy of movement, gracious of gesture, exquisitely finished. It neither indulges the music nor exhausts it. It is happy merely to let it be. Not everyone will warm to the fine craftsmanship and disinterested beauty of the reading; some will regret that more is not made of what Furtwangler once referred to as Beethoven’s ‘natural piety, a quality of absorption in the work which is related to the religious sphere’. There is not the slightest hint of religion or – thank Heaven – religiosity in Ozawa’s reading, just as there is nothing remotely anthropomorphic about the
Read more players’ rendering of the birdsong at the end of the ‘Scene by the Brook’.

Proportion is all, even at points of climax. There is no hint of triumphalism in Ozawa’s reading of the Leonore Overture No 3, nor does he allow us to forget in the Pastoral Symphony’s ‘Storm’ that it is art with which we are dealing – a superbly crafted essay in the romantic picturesque – not some sonic approximation of real weather.

It would be tempting to think that this is a characteristically oriental reading of the Pastoral, more Ando Hiroshige than Caspar David Friedrich. But that would be to draw on the knowledge of the artists’ identity which the documentation (the bane of all truly disinterested reviewing) provides. The recordings are appropriately clear and limpid.

-- Richard Osborne, Gramophone [2000]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saito Kinen Orchestra
Written: 1808 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saito Kinen Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1998 

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