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Beethoven: Symphony No 6

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: Symphony No 6

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Beethoven

Symphony No 6, 'Pastoral', Op 68 (a).

Egmont, Op 84--Overture (b)

London Philharmonic Orchestra/Klaus Tennstedt

LPO [S] LP00085 (55' * ADD)

Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, (b) September 26, 1991, (a) February 21, 1992

Listening to this entrancing and yet deeply affecting performance of Beethoven's Panoral Symphony, it is easy see why, with all the old 'greats' dead and gone, it was Klaus Tennstedt whom in the early 1990s Carlos Kleiber rated above all survivors. Tennstedt was a conductor of genius whose nervous bewilderment in the face of the world and its ways both fed that genius and crippled his health. Which may explain why the Pastoral Symphony spoke so direcdy to him and why he was able to meet this incomparable work on the same imaginative ground which Beethoven trod when he created it.

As on his earlier studio recording (HMV, 1/87--nla), Tennstedt takes a briskish tempo in the opening movement. This isn't metronome-mongering (Tennstedt was innocent of such things). …

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