...I like [Abbado's] Sixth quite a bit, too; in fact, it's one of my favorites, lacking only a truly elemental storm to bring it to the top, flexible, warmly played, beautifully detailed. The sound, if a bit dry, is not unpleasantly so. As a bonus, one gets an energetic Choral Fantasy, faster than the general run (the only faster ones I can think of are Serkin/Bemstein and Newman/Simon), with a brilliant performance of the piano part. The piece, an odd one, has a long introduction, followed by a theme and eight variations, then a heroic coda statement of the theme with voices. Some say it looks ahead to the Ninth Symphony, but it also looks back to the "Emperor" Concerto. You're not going to hear it done much better than PolliniRead more and Abbado do it. As an extra bonus, there's the brief cantata, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage. Because Abbado moves the "Calm Sea" episode a little faster, his timing is about 20 seconds shorter than that of Michael Tilson Thomas on his earlier CBS recording. Both versions do the piece justice. This is a highly recommended disc ... at least by me.
Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112by Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor:
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical Written: 1814-1815; Vienna, Austria Language: German
Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy"by Ludwig van Beethoven Performer:
Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Vienna State Opera Chorus,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Classical Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria Language: German
a very nice recordingSeptember 29, 2012By Don B. (Abbotsford, BC)See All My Reviews"I rated this one 4/ 5 due to great sound quality, this is my first purchase of the 6th and its a good one IMO. The Choral Fantasy is a nice bonus to the cd, very beautifull."Report Abuse
Poor mix of compositionsJuly 4, 2012By Richard F M. (Protem, MO)See All My Reviews"I purchased the disc for this particular Fantasy in C minor...and have been most satisfied with it, as well as the Symphony no. 6. However, the Becalmed Sea and Prosperous Voyage was a great distraction to the rest of the music on the disc and should not have been coupled with them. It is impossible to hear the first part of it without turning the volume up about as far as it will go. Only toward the end of the piece, does the volume come up on its own. Poor sound engineering??"Report Abuse
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