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Beethoven: Symphonies No 5 & 6 / Weil, Tafelmusik Orchestra

Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29831   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are good, solid performances by Canada’s leading period-instrument band. Bruno Weil offers a tense and urgent account of the Fifth Symphony’s opening movement, and a no less impressively dramatic storm in the Pastoral. He generates an admirable sense of mystery and anticipation in the Fifth’s famous transition between the scherzo and finale, too, and conveys an appropriate feeling of joyousness in the opening movement of the Pastoral. At other times, though, Weil can be rather rigorous and unyielding: there’s little sense of warmth in the Fifth Symphony’s brief second subject, for instance, or in the theme of its slow movement; and in the Pastoral the brook doesn’t really flow smoothly. That last example isn’t just a question of tempo Read more – Simon Rattle (EMI), for example, is equally deliberate, but he avoids the recurring accents that make Weil’s performance rather turgid. Still nearer the mark than Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic, however, are Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic, who take the piece at a genuine Andante molto mosso.

Abbado has the same two symphonies on a single CD, and if you’re willing to accept his controversial restoration of the repeat in the scherzo of No. 5 which Beethoven eliminated at the last moment, his version is a strong recommendation. But for the period-instrument experience, this finely recorded new disc is well worth exploring.

-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Written: 1808 

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