Beethoven : Symphony No. 6 "Pastorale"
Bruno Walter conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1958)
Columbia MS 6012
Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
I - Allegro ma non troppo (The awakening of joyful feelings upon arrival in the country)
II - Andante molto moto (The Brook)
III - Allegro (Village Festival)
IV - Allegro (The Storm)
V - Allegretto (Shepherd's Song)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) composed the Symphony No. 6 in F Major "Pastoral", Op. 68 in 1808. It is deemed of the most influential by the famed composer. Unlike the vast majority of assumed names by which his works have become known, Beethoven directed from the very outset that his sixth symphony be titled "Pastoral Symphony," or a recollection of country life. It was a musical approach to the forces of nature that inspired Beethoven.
Bruno Walter's late life was marked by stereo recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of professional musicians assembled by Columbia Records. Originally released in 1958, this recording still sounds fresh, with a broad soundstage, persuasive depth, and a remarkable sense of "air" and presence. Simply because of Walter's vibrant, fluid interpretation, taking into account both variable tempi and heightened accents, the result is one of the most passionate, awe-inspiring recorded versions of this symphony that's ever been recorded.
"One can debate at length which of the hundreds of recordings of this symphony is superior, but few would debate that this recording has been at the top of many lists of audiophile favorites for decades because of its superior interpretation and remarkable early stereo sound. ... Analogue Productions has thrown its hat in the (reissue) ring with this Harry Pearson Super Disc — one of the best recorded great interpretations of one of the greatest pieces of music that exists. While the top end sheen may be more subdued, the release surpasses the original in depth and width of soundstage and firmness of grip of the orchestra. Highest recommendation." Recording = 10/10; Music = 10/10 — Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi +, Issue 131.
This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.