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Beethoven: Symphonies no 5 & 6 / Norrington, Stuttgart Radio SO


Release Date: 10/28/2003 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93086   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Like the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Symphonies in Roger Norrington's recent live Beethoven cycle with the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Nos. 5 and 6 immeasurably surpass the conductor's 1980s versions with the London Classical Players. For starters, the German musicians simply outplay their British counterparts on every level. They prove that modern instruments can reproduce the timbral characteristics of period instruments that Norrington favors (heightened dynamic swells, mininum string vibrato, and gritty horn calls), with all the technical, dynamic, and intonational advantages today's instruments offer. As a result, newfound ferocity and purpose emerge from Norrington's relentlessly fleet tempos
Read more throughout the Fifth Symphony. The image of fate knocking on the door no longer works for the first movement. Why? Because Norrington and company have systematically ripped the door to shreds! Once you get used to the Andante con moto played almost twice as fast as "tradition" deems, you notice the folk-like character of its themes as never before. And when the ascending scale figures reappear in slightly altered form during the finale, you know where you first heard them.

If anything, the "Pastorale" is finer. The woodwind commentaries and brass flourishes take on a bracing, bucolic hue via Norrington's sound world, and are more judiciously balanced with the violins than in Thomas Fey's similarly conceived performance (also on Hänssler). Norrington's "Storm" movement is full of ghostly squeals, shuddering tremolos, and drum whacks that will send you ducking for cover (thanks to the robust and realistic engineering). Music making on such a confrontational and compelling level needs all our support, so buy this disc now, while you can. [4/5/2003]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/03/2002 
Venue:  Live  Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 33 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/03/2002 
Venue:  Live  Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 40 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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