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Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" / London PO, Tennstedt

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, Op. 84
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Former Principal Conductor and Music Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Klaus Tennstedt leads the Orchestra in these live concert performances of Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony No. 6 and his Overture to Egmont, recorded in 1991 and 1992 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. 'No one can love the countryside as much as I do,' Beethoven once said, 'for surely woods, trees and rocks produce the echo which man desires to hear.' But nature was not just a balm for the senses; for Beethoven it was evidence of the Creator's hand. In his Sixth Symphony, Beethoven created a magnificent orchestral landscape in which the atmosphere of the countryside pervades every bar.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Tennstedt is an experience of a different kind. He is attuned to a different level of meaning in 6 than Blunier reaches for. There's a deeper awareness here - like the Bohm Vienna or the Klemperer - of a kind of pantheism. Tennstedt's is a painting that's a kind of conversation with the landscape, an interaction with a sentience. Tennstedt breathes, phrases, and weights the development section of I differently from the exposition. The exposition is opening yourself to the experience of countryside. The bass has a kind of tug to it; the woodwinds and violins are practically speaking. The listener is not walking forward any more. He's being pulled along.

The scene by the brook is a similar dialog. The conventional reading is the sounds of nature outside and the emotions inside, with the composer and listener taking in the sounds and feeling the emotion. This reading, like Bohm and Klemperer, goes deeper than that. It's almost as if the nature sounds are also responding to the inner emotions. This aspect of the work as Tennstedt presents it comes into full bloom in the finale, which is explicitly about exalted feelings. Beethoven calls it "shepherd's song; cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm".

if you want your Beethoven 6 supercharged with meaning and aliveness, Tennstedt, like Bohm or Klemperer, is your conductor. If you don't, you have many other choices. Egmont is full of power and intensity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.


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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, Op. 84 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Running Time: 45 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808