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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Schubert: Symphony No. 5 / Böhm, Vienna Philharmonic Orch.

Ludwig van Beethoven , Franz Schubert , Karl Böhm , Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppoKarl Böhm12:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)Karl Böhm13:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)Karl Böhm 5:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: AllegrettoKarl Böhm 9:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Schubert: Symphony No.5 In B Flat, D.485 - 1. AllegroKarl Böhm 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Schubert: Symphony No.5 In B Flat, D.485 - 4. Allegro vivaceKarl Böhm 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (May 14, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GQL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For many music lovers, this is the most purely beautiful performance of Beethoven's most purely beautiful symphony ever recorded. The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic is the last word in gorgeousness--the woodwind chords chime with such purity that they practically glow with an inner light. But it's not a self-indulgent interpretation at all: the storm rages as violently as anyone has a right to expect, and Karl Böhm keeps the music moving along impulsively, always highlighting the symphonic strength of Beethoven's musical argument. What makes the recording even more special is a Schubert Fifth with exactly the same qualities. Someone at DG clearly knows where the treasures are buried. A great disc. --David Hurwitz

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical performance and a transcendent experience March 21, 2002
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This is one of my favorite recordings ever. Karl Böhm, one of the most sadly underrated conductors of the twentieth century, turns in an absolutely magical interpretation of Beethoven's gorgeous Sixth. It is difficult to describe what makes this such a miraculous performance. The main reason is that Böhm doesn't feel the need to give us "Karl Böhm's version of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony." He simply allows Beethoven to speak directly to us, with his conducting merely enhancing and intensifying what is already in the music. He paints the symphony vividly and with an enormous range of astonishingly beautiful colors - he draws the most intoxicating orchestral playing I have ever heard, on any set, out of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The sound is unbelievably gorgeous, but it's always meaningful, and is always a true Beethoven sound. The strings' translucent radiance and refined beauty are truly stunning, the brass is enormously rich and sonorous, the timpani are clear and incisive, but the most amazing section of the orchestra is the woodwind. The flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon all produce the most glorious sound, phrasing ardently and radiating an almost otherworldly light. The tender beauty of the flute and oboe solos in the central section of the Scene by the Brook is almost overwhelming. That movement is perhaps the most exceptional part of an exceptional recording. Böhm takes fourteen minutes over this movement, but he has the extremely rare gift of superbly sustaining slow tempi, with the result that this performance flows more smoothly than many much quicker performances, while the actual spaciousness of the tempo aids the conveying of the movement's stillness and serenity. Read more ›
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally lovely April 24, 2000
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Obviously a labor of love for conductor and orchestra. Every nuance of the Maestro's most sensitive and heart-felt symphony is offered with exquisite concern for balance and depth.I never thought I would find the flowing Andanteperformed in so dreamlike afashion -- have been frustrated by it being too rushed before. But here it almost a bit too langorous!Picayune complaints: the allegro is also a tad lacking in brio. But overall, and far, far more importantly, this is one of the very best, most rapturous versions of the Pastorale you will EVER hear! Side by side with Bruno Walter's. And the sound quality (remastered from '71) is exceptional also! Accept no substitutes.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of those "legendary" recordings that makes me wonder if it's only me who's unable to fully grasp its virtues. Which is why I read through all the reviews here, and I must say, they all make sense to me, one way or the other.
The stubbornly slow and rigid tempos are something to admire and allow for plenty of detail that otherwise might go unnoticed, and yet, is a Pastorale that makes it possible for one to read a book or check upon one's e-mails ideally paced?
I also agree with other reviewers here that the 2nd movement is made to sound or rather "feel" similar to the 1st, which I find, to say the least, surprising - is so little contrast among the first two if not three movements really what Beethoven had in mind? On the other hand, I am sure many listeners will find the leisurely "walking pace" of the 2nd movement "Scene by the Brook" to be of singular serenity.
Orchestral precision is truly fine, especially in terms of details, and the Viennese lean-texturedness is just at the opposite side of the spectrum than Karajan and his Berliners (at his later worst, not his earlier best). Winds and strings, although the former do not necessarily have more "glow" (as David Hurwitz seems to be claiming) than in other top recommendations (see further below), are certainly worthy of praise.
The recording has always been somewhat bass-shy, so much so that the concentration on Bohm's "plastic (pliant?) middle voices" (as one German critic said in 1972) becomes, well, inevitable. It's still well-balanced enough and nicely transparent, but a more physical bottom end might even have improved one's view of the interpretation, hard to tell. The "Storm" of the 4th mouvement nonetheless sounds very believable.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Pastoral ever ! May 21, 1999
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This is simply the best recording of this Beethoven's masterpiece ! You will find no other to stand with it. The sound quality is very good, with DG Image-Bit Processing technology. For sure one of the best titles of the "originals" series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top choice for the Pastoral May 30, 2001
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There were three classic accounts of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony from the LP era: Cluytens' mono Berlin recording from 1955, Klemperer's 1957 stereo version with the Philharmonia Orchestra on EMI, and Karl Boehm's 1972 Vienna Philharmonic recording on DG, also in stereo.
All three have now been released on CD, Klemperer's and Boehm's at midprice. Cluytens' version (not be confused with his stereo remake which was part of a cycle) is a full price CD on the fine Testament label.
Boehm's Vienna PO `Pastoral' (coupled with a pleasing Schubert's Fifth Symphony) is a `straighter' interpretation than Klemperer's, glowingly played and recorded. This would perhaps be my first choice, ahead of Klemperer, with Cluytens third.
Cluytens' 1955 performance is wonderfully played by the Berlin Philharmonic and well recorded (excellent balancing between wind and strings), which almost sounds like stereo. His interpretation is uncontroversial, but sounds `right', and also makes this work sound more unified rather than just a series of episodes. The excellent coupling (in fine 1960 stereo) is a dark, brooding Schubert `Unfinished' Symphony.
Klemperer's version (which is very well recorded for its age) remains controversial as a result of the rather slow tempo he adopted for the `Peasants' merrymaking' 3rd movement, but his interpretation does grow on you. Apart from that caveat his is a great performance, superbly played by the Philharmonia at its peak. The coupling is Klemperer's large-scale view of Beethoven's First Symphony.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest pieces of music going
One of the greatest pieces of music going...the peace that come with certain movements always brings me joy, and to have it on the Kindle Fire is even better.
Published 14 days ago by Carol Layton
5.0 out of 5 stars Bohm's DG 1971 "Sixth" was justifiably one of the top rated and...
This review is from: Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastorale Schubert: Symphonies, No. 5) (Audio CD)
As such it joins Pollini's Chopin Etudes, or the Alban Berg's Mozart on... Read more
Published 7 months ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Pastoral. PERFECTION !!!
It is difficult and rare in classical music to have perfection. However, in this case, perfection is there. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sylang
3.0 out of 5 stars Let me explain the three stars, please
I just received this "Originals" disc. I have this very same recording on an earlier DG reissue (with Staatskapelle Dresden and overtures on it). Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. S. Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven Symphone No. 6
Everyone raves about Beethoven No 5 but No 6 to me is the best of all his symphonies and this recording is just magic.
Published 18 months ago by Helen Zizikos
5.0 out of 5 stars Bohm at his best twice
Regarding the Pastoral, it is the best of his complete VPO set and at least tied with the #4 (see my review) And the BPO Schubert #5 is one of the best in his DG Schubert... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kirk List
5.0 out of 5 stars Best by far
This is the sine qua non performance of this symphony. The critical thing here is the tempo. Many conductors take it far too fast (Carlos Kleiber, otherwise a fine conductor, is... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Diatonic
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
Bohm & the Vienna worked so well together. The Beethoven is perfect & the Scubert is not far behind. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bohmfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music (obviously)
This is one of my favourite CDs in western classical music (I am just an amateur listener). Schubert's fifth is one of the most graceful pieces I have heard and makes for an... Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by Ashok Mantravadi
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST RECORDING, BEETHOVEN would approve!
This is a wonderful version of Beethoven's 6th. It's done as close to perfect as any I have heard. Highly rate this item!!
Published on January 3, 2011 by BOOKWORM
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