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Beethoven: Symphonies No 4 & 5 / Gunter Wand, Gurzenich


Release Date: 03/11/2003 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1286   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When Gunter Wand died at his home in Switzerland in February 2002, at the age of 90, that time-honored cliché was entirely appropriate: this was indeed the end of an era. Wand had seemed set to become the last active conductor of his generation ­ those who had learned their craft before the Second World War, often directly from men who had worked with the likes of Mahler and Brahms. Wand’s mastery of the ‘core’ Austro-German repertoire was second to none, his conducting style was refreshingly unaffected - the cues always perfectly controlled and unshowy - and many of his recordings are regarded as benchmarks by many music-lovers and fellow musicians. Beethoven was very important to Günter Wand. He chose a Beethoven program for his Read more high-profile UK debut with the London Symphony Orchestra, and waged what started out as a one-man war to clear away the corruptions and accretions that had accumulated in performances of Beethoven’s works. Günter Wand’s recordings of Beethoven may have been played on modern instruments, but one would be hard-pressed to deny their integrity or, even, in some sense, their ‘authenticity.’ Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
2. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 

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