Bruno Walter / Columbia Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1959 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 71 of 100
# Size: 692MB (24/96) + 196MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

No conductor could have closer affinities with this genial yet gloriously vital symphony than Bruno Walter. Probably the most affectionately remembered maestro of recent times, he led the all-star west-coast Columbia Symphony Orchestra especially created for him in this characteristically Walterian Fourth. It was recorded in Hollywood, in February 1958, as part of his second cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

This symphony’s orchestration differs from the conventional specifications of the time (wind instruments in pairs, timpani and strings) only in calling for a single flute rather than a pair. The first and last movements are in sonata form, the second may be considered to be in either rondo or sonata form, and the third, while called Menuetto in the score, is actually a genuine Beethoven scherzo.

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