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Beethoven: Symphony No 6, Etc / Klemperer, Nilsson, Et Al


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67966   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Yes, it's mostly slow and sober, but the sheer concentration, textural clarity (notably in the forward-balanced woodwind writing), and spiritual integrity of Otto Klemperer's 1957 Beethoven Pastoral stand the test of time. So does Birgit Nilsson's statuesque, laser-like soprano that graces the Egmont selections. This is the Pastorale's fourth CD remastering, and it sounds virtually identical to EMI's previous 1998 version. In fact, A/B comparisons yielded so little difference that I found myself blocking out the music to focus on sonic issues. As it happens, this Great Recordings of the Century edition boasts marginally less tape hiss and a bit more presence--but don't replace the 1998 transfer if you already own it. The present option's Read more your best bet, however, if you've yet to acquire Klemperer's Pastoral. [6/26/2003]

--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:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Egmont, Op. 84 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

The Creatures of Prometheus - Overture Op. 43 (2003 Digital Remaster)
Coriolan Op. 62 (2003 Digital Remaster)
Egmont Op. 84 (2003 Digital Remaster): Overture
Egmont Op. 84 (2003 Digital Remaster): Die Trommel gerühret!
Egmont Op. 84 (2003 Digital Remaster): Freudvoll und leidvoll
Egmont Op. 84 (2003 Digital Remaster): Klärchen's Tod
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68 (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro ma non troppo (Awakening of cheerful feelings on arriving in the country)
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68 (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Andante molto moto (Scene by the brook)
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68 (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro (Merry gathering of the country folk) -
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68 (2003 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro (Storm and tempest) -
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68 (2003 Digital Remaster): V. Allegretto (Shepherds' Song. Happy and thankful feelings after the storm)

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