Bruno Walter / Columbia Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1958 / 1980)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 59 of 100
# Size: 866MB (24/96) + 238MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

The melodious “Pastoral” symphony takes on added meaning in light of the circumstances in which Beethoven composed it – a time when he was experiencing great emotional torment. He had started losing his hearing in his late twenties. The loss was progressive, causing him deep despair. Seeking to ease his sorrows with long walks in the fields and forests, he jotted down musical ideas. From these, he created a number of masterpieces – among them his Sixth Symphony.

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I have been a devoted follower of recorded classical music since 1963. Since then, there are only two major orchestral works which have had the same almost unanimously-recommended recording for that entire period of time: The Richter/Kondrashin recording of the two Liszt Piano Concertos, and the Walter recording of Beethoven’s Sixth. It is unlikely there will ever be a better recording than this. Every tempo is perfectly judged, every orchestral strand is beautifully blended. The sound is warm and sweet, although perhaps less detailed and vivid than modern recordings. For almost every work in the basic repertoire, a new recording comes along at least once a decade which sheds some new light or produces unexpected insights and emotional responses. But for the Beethoven Sixth, the Walter is the definitive recording. – Stan Vernooy,

Track listing

01 – I. Allegro ma non troppo (The Awakening of Joyful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country)
02 – II. Andante molto moto (The Brook)
03 – III. Allegro (Village Festival)
04 – IV. Allegro (The Storm)
05 – V. Allegretto (Shepherd’s Song)

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

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

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