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

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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

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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2008
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318599917160
  • Catalog Number: 1716
  • Sales rank: 167,737

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Robert von Bahr (26:11)
  2. 5–9 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Robert von Bahr (42:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Osmo Vänskä Primary Artist
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