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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Symphonie Nr. 6 F-dur op. 68 "Pastorale"
Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Symphonie Nr. 5 B-dur D 485
Karl Böhm, conductor
Wiener Philharmoniker, orchestra
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Böhm's 1971 recording of the “Pastoral” Symphony is probably as fine as any recording there has ever been. This is an extravagant claim, of course; but I know of none better. At best, Böhm's Beethoven is a compound of earth and fire. He possessed a fine ear and a shrewd sense of pulse, two qualities vital to the proper conduct of the “Pastoral” Symphony.
His account of the Schubert symphony, similarly famous, is similarly inspired, and for many of the same reasons. From the woodwinds' dreamy dying fall of an opening phrase, the first violins' giggling rejoinder, and the beautifully sprung rhythm of the principal Allegro subject, this is a performance of matchless grace and good humor.
Producers: Wolfgang Lohse and Werner Mayer
Recording engineer: Gunter Hermanns