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Symphonies Nos. 5 And 6 (Munch) Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered, SACD

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  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (22 Aug. 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered, SACD
  • Label: Living Stereo
  • ASIN: B0009U55RY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Allegro Con Brio
  2. Andante Con Moto
  3. Allegro
  4. Allegro
  5. Awakening Of Serene Impressions Upon Arriving In The Country: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
  6. Scene By The Brookside: Andante Molto Mosso
  7. Jolly Gathering Of Country Folk: Allegro
  8. Thunderstorm: Allegro
  9. Shepherd's Song-Gladsome And Thankful Feelings After The Storm: Allegretto

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There is something rather mechanical about this performance of Beethoven's 5th. It lacks the subtle nuances that one is accustomed to with this masterpiece. One is left feeling somewhat uninspired, and with the impression that Munch was having a bad day.

Thankfully the 6th symphony is a great improvement. It flows along nicely and leaves one in much better spirits than after the previous one.
I would rate the 5th *** and the the 6th ***** hence my overall rating.

As usual with Living Stereo SACD, the sound quality is excellent (I never listen to the standard CD layer). Note for those with multi-channel playback equipment, both symphonies are stereo recordings, so you might as well listen to the SACD stereo layer rather than multi-channel layer which perhaps suffers a loss in sound quality due to redundant information being sent to the amp for channels not used.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing after Munch's great #7 31 Oct. 2015
By Jon Miller ('Kirk') - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Neither performance matches Munch's earlier BS0 Beethoven Symphony #7 (see my review), one of the greatest #7s ever and a performance rarely
matched even by Munch himself. I prefer his #5 here to his #6. It is moderately fiery in the outer movements and contains an effectively
forboding transition between the third and fourth movements. The Pastoral here was disappointing when I first heard it in college and
remains so. It is quick and also very well played but lacks the warmth and poetry of my favorite versions: Erich Kleiber/RCOA/Decca;Eugen Jochum/RCOA Philips and BPO/DG; Fritz Reiner/CSO/RCA; Wolfgang Sawallisch ca. 1960 (not his EMI remake)/ RCOA/Decca;
Karl Bohm/DG (coupled with Schubert #5)
Peers in #5-all of the above except Sawallisch; Also 5 star versions- Carlos Kleiber/VPO/DG; Szell/RCOA/Philips. Ratings: Four stars for #5 and three for #6
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Congenial 6 12 Feb. 2014
By Ken Braithwaite - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The 5 is OK, typical big Beethoven approach, a bit slow for me. The languid style works very well with the Pastorale, and I liked this performance a lot. Sound is good for its era, especially in 6.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific SACD! 9 July 2012
By Hannibal - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One cannot praise too highly the job that John Newton did for RCA on the SACDs like this one.

Led me add that music lovers should acquire in particular the recordings he did of Fritz Reiner leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the same "Living Stereo" series. They can be found generally at a very low price, and the performances are matchless.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A sad misfire as Munch frog marches the BSO through two masterpieces 14 Oct. 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When these two recordings were issued in 1957 (not together on the same LP), the Gramophone was dismissive. The Pastorale got short shrift for being literal. The fifth fared even worse. Not only did the reviewer call Munch's approach literal again but underlined this by claiming that there was no expressivity at all, that long passages sounded like exercises. The corker was a sentence near the end: "This, in a very faithful recording, soon begins to tire the ears--just as the Boston Orchestra does in the concert hall, when Munch is conducting it."

Unfortunately, if one ignores the jab at Munch, the reviewer was right. both readings are literal and loud. There's hardly a measure played under mezzo forte, even when the score calls for much softer dynamics. The bSO did a lot of sloppy playing in the Munch era, and that is evident in the fifth in the blatty horns and trombones; there's a particularly coarse first clarinet, too. I heard the orchestra many times after Leinsdorf arrived, but he didn't exercise his power to fire poor players, so these faults continued.

The Pastorale is given a blunt, humorless reading that is completely without charm. It, too, is loud and coarse, making it abundantly clear that Munch had no love for Beethoven and little ability to interpret him. It's just one foot after the other and when can we go home? A sad misfire. For me the only bright note is the splendid Living Stereo sound, which holds up beautifully.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disastrously uncongenial Beethoven 30 April 2013
By Jurgen Lawrenz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Recordings like this make one wonder if Munch seriously lost touch with some of the German repertoire when he changed his nationality? His recordings of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and several other composers who form a major part of the central 19th century repertoire are all distinguished by a cold, heartless glitter; they resemble executions more than performances; they are loud and aggressive; and machine-like in their instrumental perfection. It is what (rightly or wrongly) Europeans associate with an American style, except that Munch was not an American. But it is exactly what you get on this recording, of which I am at a loss what to say except "stay away from it". Don't be taken in by the ridiculous trumpeting about the sound. The sound of WHAT? Maybe for its own sake? Because this music making hardly deserves the name, let alone brilliant encomia about how it sounds. Unless of course you just collect records of the Boston Symphony, good or bad indifferently!
Unfortunately I can't answer the question I have raised about Munch. The short biography I have read leaves us in the dark about his motivations, whether they were cultural, musical or political, except that his migration occurred long before Hitler assumed power. However, whatever the explanation might be, it will not serve as an excuse for this unmusical disc. If he did hate the music, why perform it? Unless he saw it merely as his professional duty and that's the end of it. And yet this is the man who studied with Hans Pfitzner and Carl Flesh and led the violins of the Gewandhaus Orchestra (1923)! Whatever the case, we record buyers are the losers; because for every such disc you buy, you miss out on a more deserving, more spirit enhancing version!
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