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Beethoven: Symphony No.6
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The Karl Bohm some may prefer I don't know I have no heard it. The live recording by Carlos Kleiber has just dropped in price. I listened to that on Youtube, and it has a couple of audience participation coughs etc. It's a fine emotive version. Moments brought tears to my eyes because I had not heard the 6th for a long time. However even in its all its fine beauty sometimes and often it goes too fast. (The storm entrance crash genuinely nearly gave me a heart attack.) It plays only thirty-four minutes. Whereas most performances are around forty minutes. Some parts speak to your heart but still feel too fast and some parts are quite lost. I have seen some say that is how they think Beethoven saw it and describe as the definitive version. I have to gracefully decline from that.
I think this version by the Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Herbert von Karajan is close enough to, if not perfect. It really is. It's timing is as perfect as any music I have ever heard. It has the most sensitive radiance and gentle presence while not lacking any dynamic verve. It is beautiful, blissful, and its spirit shines.
You need not hesitate if you are thinking of buying, but you probably will. I did and thought for days, but then I started to recall I think I had this copy before. Listening right now I am so glad I bought it, and I have no regrets about the other versions. I hope you love it as much as I do.
The first movement's air is full of shimmying creatures, the book flows swiftly in the second. The third is a real peasant's dance (not as lumbering as Klemperer) the Storm cracking while the last movement's song is ecstatic.
There are, of course, many fine recordings, but this one has a place of honour. It is a life enhancing performance of one of Beethoven's greatest masterpieces.
One of my wife's favourites it is an asset to our collection and one which will be listened to time and time again.
The down load page for MP3 files is not that simple to follow as it is not clear whether it has or not down loaded. This is the worst aspect of Amazon. and needs reviewing
Herbert von Karajan is widely flagellated for his performances of the Pastoral. His dark side - the slickness - militates his efforts. In the first movement of the Sixth, Beethoven depicts the `Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the country'. This is not so with Herbie; rather, a lunatic behind the wheels of a supercharged Porsche comes to mind (speaking of which, back in the mid-Eighties I was cycling around Anif Salzburg with my good friend Rabbi Moses Finkelstein when we were nearly run off the road by a madman in a 911 - the driver did not stop; he looked strangely familiar and there was a woman beside him in the car who was holding some paint brushes and tubs of blue paint . . . . ).
The performance of the Sixth from the 1962 cycle is overly tense whereas the `Gold' version from the Eighties is laboratory-grade: one day we will establish if the latter has got anything to do with Beethoven per se. There are also various live performances in circulation and on DVD: one and all, they are slickness incarnate.
The one exception is this performance from '77. It is as fast in the first movement as usual but like the luminaries above, Karajan inadvertently added a dollop of tenderness to the first movement. He also sounds more relaxed. For once in his life, he observes the key repeat in the Scherzo.Read more ›
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