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Beethoven: Symphonie no 6; Schubert: Symphonie no 5 / Böhm

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"One of the most beautiful, warmest and most moving accounts of the "Pastoral" since Bruno Walter's" -HiFi Stereophonie

Gramophone - James Jolly
A Pastoral of Relaxed gait in which every tempo and every colour seems so right: Sunday in the park with Karl perhaps

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Karl Böhm's Beethoven is a compound of earth and fire. His VPO recording of Beethoven's Sixth of 1971 dominated the LP catalogue for over a decade, and has done pretty well on CD on its various appearances.

His reading is generally glorious and it remains one of the finest accounts of the work ever recorded. It still sounds well and the performance (with the first-movement exposition repeat included) has an unfolding naturalness and a balance between form and lyrical impulse that's totally satisfying. The brook flows untroubled and the finale is quite lovely, with a wonderfully expansive climax.

The Schubert dates from the end of Böhm's recording career. It's a superb version of this lovely symphony, another work that suited Böhm especially well. The reading is weighty but graceful, with a most beautifully phrased Andante (worthy of a Furtwängler), a bold Minuet and a thrilling finale. The recording is splendid. If you admire Böhm this is a worthy way to remember his special gifts.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 44 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 27 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1816