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Beethoven: Symphony no 6, Choral Fantasy / Abbado, Pollini, Vienna PO


Release Date: 12/30/1987 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 419779   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera ChorusVienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...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 Pollini Read 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.

-- James Miller, FANFARE [9/1988]
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Works on This Recording

1. Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814-1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
2. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
3. Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Melodius March 21, 2014 By Irving M. (Annapolis, MD) See All My Reviews "My favorite Beethoven Symphony." Report Abuse
 a very nice recording September 29, 2012 By 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 compositions July 4, 2012 By 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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