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


# 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.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.

Track listing

01 – I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
02 – II. Adagio
03 – III. Menuetto (Allegro vivace) – Trio (Un poco meno allegro)
04 – IV. Allegro ma non troppo

You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.

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

  1. Steve,
    i’m a bit confused; however I checked the 100 Best Pdf on Whatever’s uploads abd it reads that there are a 71A and a 71B.
    71A is Szell and Beethoven No. 5 and 71B is Walter and 71 B.

    Do you have any light you can shed on this numbering thing with FM?
    I don’t know what Time zone your in, but it is 11:18 PM EST in Atlanta, GA . right now. so I’ll check back in morning to me. Hopefully you are not in California or Hawaii.

  2. “The owl is a contradiction. It is the best known of birds and the least known of birds. Ask anyone, even a small child, to draw an owl and they will do so without hesitation. Ask them when they last saw an owl and they will pause, think hard and then say they can’t remember. As a picture in a book – yes; as a bird in a TV documentary – probably; as a cage inmate in a zoo – possibly. But when did they last see a live owl in the wild, in its natural state? That is a different matter.
    How has this contradiction arisen? It is easy enough to understand why we so rarely encounter a live owl, for it is a shy night predator with silent flight. Unless we went out of our way to spot one and made organized nocturnal forays with special equipment, we would have little chance of coming face to face with one. It is harder to understand why we are so familiar with its appearance, if we see so little of it. The answer lies in its unique head shape. Like human beings the owl has a wide, rounded head, with a flat face and a pair of large, wide-set, staring eyes. This gives it an unusually human quality that no other bird can match and in ancient times it was sometimes referred to as the human-headed bird. We call ourselves Homo sapiens, meaning ‘wise man’ and because the owl has a human-looking head we refer to it as a ‘wise old bird’. In reality an owl is not as wise as a crow or a parrot, but we think of it as wise simply because of its superficial resemblance to us.

    We know from fossil remains that owls have existed as a distinct lineage for at least 60 million years. This makes them one of the oldest known groups of birds and gives them plenty of time to have refined their highly specialized way of life as nocturnal predators.

    The very first evidence of man’s knowledge of the existence of owls can be dated at about 30,000 years ago. The discovery of this evidence is very recent. On 18 December 1994 three cave-explorers found a hidden entrance in an underground cavern in south-east France. Dragging away the rubble that blocked this entrance they unearthed a narrow passageway. Squeezing through it they found themselves in a vast cave, its walls covered with beautiful prehistoric paintings. There were all the usual animals we know so well from cave art: bison, deer, horses, rhinos, mammoths and other large mammals, but what was so surprising about this newly discovered cave was that, deep inside, they also came across the incised image of an owl.”
    Owl by Desdmond Morris – Animal series

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