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Expanded Edition - Beethoven: Symphony No 5, Etc / Walter


Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 93012   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Bruno Walter. Sony Classical SMK 64460 [Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, with Coriolan Overture]; 64461 [Nos. 3 (Eroica) and 8]; 64462 [Nos. 4 and 6 (Pastorale)]; 64463 [Nos. 5 and 7]; and 64464 [No. 9]

Walter recorded the Beethoven symphonies in stereo for Columbia in 1958-59, taping No. 9 in New York and Nos. 1-8 in Los Angeles with orchestras of freelance and studio musicians who rose magnificently to the occasion. Walter was in his eighties, but that didn’t stop him from grabbing these works by the throat; there is no mincing around, no effusive lingering over phrases, no ponderous trudging either. The even-numbered symphonies are sunny and outgoing, full of the warmth the conductor exuded during his
Read more Indian-summer years in the studio. Yet the drama of the odd-numbered works is not slighted. Walter’s account of the Fifth, for example, is an intensely expressive one in which lyricism and thrust are in perfect balance, an evocation of stormy Romanticism at its best. The recordings have held up extremely well; the sound on these 20-bit CDs is spacious yet detailed, with amazing presence and solidity. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection, reviewing Bruno Walter's recordings of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, with Coriolan Overture]; 64461 [Nos. 3 (Eroica) and 8]; 64462 [Nos. 4 and 6 (Pastorale)]; 64463 [Nos. 5 - reissued as Sony 93012, and 7]; and 64464 [No. 9]. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Bruno Walter In Rehearsal: I. Allegro con brio from Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67

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