Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 [Hybrid SACD]

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 [Hybrid SACD]

by Osmo Vänskä
     
 

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Proving it doesn't take a chamber-sized orchestra to achieve extreme textural clarity, Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra have in this 2007 BIS recording once again created model contemporary instrument performances of Beethoven's symphonies. In this coupling of the "First" and "Sixth," Vänskä andSee more details below

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Proving it doesn't take a chamber-sized orchestra to achieve extreme textural clarity, Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra have in this 2007 BIS recording once again created model contemporary instrument performances of Beethoven's symphonies. In this coupling of the "First" and "Sixth," Vänskä and his forces use Jonathan del Mar's Neue Urtext Edition for Bärenreiter, a decision that alters hundreds of details of articulation and phrasing. But more significant is the strength, agility, and lucidity Vänskä and the Minnesotans bring to the table. The "First" is graceful and airy, though with plenty of power, while the "Sixth," despite the work's larger dimensions and heavier textures, remains clear and direct. As interpreters, Vänskä and the Minnesotans likewise tend toward the light side. While this may send some older listeners back to their bigger and brawnier Walter and Klemperer recordings, younger listeners may prove more accepting of a leaner and harder but less superhuman Beethoven. BIS' super audio sound is deep and detailed, with a wonderful feeling of air around the instruments.

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Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine - Misha Donat
Vänskä offers a glowing performance of the Pastorale.... This new disc gives a great deal of pleasure.
Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
1/2 Stylistically, [Vanska offers] an intelligent alternative to the early-music community. His Beethoven is alert and robust with particularly lithe sonorities in Symphony No. 1 and a buoyant gait in the nature studies of Symphony No. 6

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2008
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599917160
catalogNumber:
1716
Rank:
119234

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Robert von Bahr  - Jorja Fleezanis  -  Minnesota Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - David Kornfeld  - Ann Marsden
  2. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Robert von Bahr  - Jorja Fleezanis  -  Minnesota Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Osmo Vänskä  - David Kornfeld  - Ann Marsden

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