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HALL OF FAMEon January 25, 2010
A music critic -- I think it was M. Steimberg -- once wrote that an ideal performance of Beethoven's 6th is simply not attainable. He was right. I've listened to dozens of recordings of the 6th, and the single biggest problem is the forceful start of the music, which is also the case with the current recording. Also, the first movement here is too fast for me, just like with Karajan and most other great conductors from the post-War era. Ironically, Toscanini's first movement of the 6th sounds better to me.

Otherwise, though, this is a great -- perhaps the greatest, all considered -- performance of the 6th. Bohm was, and still is, a way underrated interpreter of Beethoven's symphonies, probably because he was the ultimate interpreter of Mozart (yes, even Mozart's music needs good interpretation!) and played Beethoven in the High Classical style, which was not politically correct with audiences atuned to Romantic playings of Beethoven.

Of course, the Wiener Philharmoniker, at its height at the time of this recording, is perfect here. The strings and the woodwinds are truly impeccable here, you simply can't find a more pure and sensible playing anywhere else.

So, other than a slightly flawed 1st movement, this 6th indeed comes close to being perfect.

Schubert's 5th is a less-than-memorable piece, and I own a total of three recordings of it (plus an old one on cassette that I lost after college). Bohm's version here is the strongest I've heard, again with the purity and discipline of playing he was able to get out of the Viennese orchestra.

A great album, and a must-have for Sixth lovers.
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on January 6, 2013
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 atrocious). Bohm lets the music set its own tempo, and it, as it were, plays itself. It flows effortlessly, especially the second movement. Playing it too fast negates everything "pastoral" about it. Only the storm movement is agitated. The rest is a leisurely excursion into the sunlit countryside. A picnic by a small stream; a sudden storm and then the sun again and a return. Bohm does it perfectly.
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on June 21, 2017
One of the Very Finest Interpretations of Beethoven Symphony No. 6 that I've ever heard. Excellent !!!
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on April 8, 2017
Nice performance, and very good sounding quality!
This is one of my favorite classical music albums.
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on March 5, 2017
The best blending of calm and intensity of t.#6
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on December 30, 2012
Bohm & the Vienna worked so well together. The Beethoven is perfect & the Scubert is not far behind. Now DG needs to go & re-master & issue the whole Beethoven Symphony cycle (not the digital 9th, which was a disaster recording & performance wise although Bohm sounded like he was failing healthwise by that time as well).
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on April 24, 2000
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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on December 1, 2009
This is the one, by far. The pacing is nearly perfect, and the orchestra is flawless! The emotion pouring out of the Vienna Philharmonic is immense. The whole piece is moving and the storm movement is incredibly exciting and frightening at the same time! A splendid performance and well worth the purchase!
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on July 14, 2014
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.
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on May 21, 1999
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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