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Beethoven: Symphonies No. 6 "Pastoral" & No. 8 [CD]

Douglas Boyd Audio CD

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1. Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral", I Allegro ma non troppo
2. II Andante molto moto
3. III Allegro
4. IV Allegro
5. V Allegretto
6. Symphony No. 8, I Allegro vivace e con brio
7. II Allegretto scherzando
8. III Tempo di Menuetto
9. IV Allegro vivace

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Manchester Camerata and Douglas Boyd offer the latest in their critically acclaimed Beethoven cycle, a vivid live recording of the Sixth and Eighth Symphonies. Manchester Camerata lodges the latest release in its acclaimed Beethoven Symphony cycle. Like the previous releases in this cycle these live recordings capture the spirit and freshness of these remarkable, genre-busting works, as well as the excitement, atmosphere and energy of the chamber orchestra under Music Director Douglas Boyd. Manchester Camerata has become one of the finest, most innovative chamber orchestras in the UK, and Douglas Boyd has proven to be an eminent Beethovenian. Conducting the composer's Fidelio at the 2009 Garsington Opera Festival, The Times (London) noted "his grasp of Beethovenian idiom" and "pungent underlining of orchestral detail", praising the musical performance as "sublime and exultant". This is the penultimate release in the Douglas Boyd-Manchester Camerata Beethoven Symphony cycle. The Ninth "Choral" Symphony will be released in November. Personnel: Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor) Critical acclaim for Douglas Boyd's and Manchester Camerata's Beethoven Symphony cycle: "Gutsy, powerful, vivid – this Mancunian Beethoven is something quite special." – Gramophone, Editor's Choice "Brilliant live accounts...fresh...sizzling...invigorating." – The Sunday Times "Athletic, authenticity-conscious Beethoven … a performance that combines dazzling agility with a properly Beethovenian truculence." – The Daily Telegraph

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Manchester Camerata - Douglas Boyd, direction

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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars Zesty, muscular performances 4 Mar 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having heard only one other disc in Maestro Boyd's Beethoven series, I can't say the results entirely disappointed me, although I'm not too keen on his quick-paced yet fairly cautious readings, either. Perhaps in trying to be as historically accurate as possible, Boyd something of the loving spirit of the music. Still, these are zesty, muscular performances.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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