PRO-JECT’S DEBUT VINYL MUSIC RELEASE - BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIE 6 “PASTORALE”
Austrian Hi-Fi brand Pro-Ject has just announced its first Pro-Ject Music Exclusive Release: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Karl Böhm: Beethoven’s Symphony 6 “Pastorale” and his Overture “Egmont”.
The Orchestral pieces were recorded in the famous Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein. Furthermore, the LP has been carefully remastered by Georg Burdicek from the original master tapes.
This is the first Pro-Ject Music release, and it will be exclusively distributed by Pro-Ject Audio Systems.
The recordings will certainly prove to be a showpiece for pure analogue music. Finally, the LPs are, of course, pressed on 180g premium-quality vinyl by Pallas Germany for an audiophile sound experience.
In 1803 Beethoven jotted down in his notebook: “Babbling brooks, andante molt[o], the larger the brook the deeper the tone” and wrote out initial sketches for the dance rhythm of the third movement. Five years later he labelled the first three movement as scenes: “Scene: Arrival in the countryside [and] effect on the mood”, “Scene by the brook”, and “Scene: Festive gathering”, to which he added “Even without descriptions the whole will be heard more as expression than as tone-painting”. In the end he prefixed the symphony with the words “More expression of feeling than painting”. Though the symphony was inspired by impressions of nature (Beethoven called it “Pastoral Symphony, or Recollection of Country Life”), this F major composition is not intent on describing natural events. Rather, it was the idea of nature itself that he poured into the form of the symphony, giving it five instead of the customary four movements. Thematically, the work is basically constructed of triads. The opening of the first movement already states the formative material of the following Allegro, which owes its characteristic colour not least of all to sustained pitches suggesting bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy. The “Scene by the brook”, with its onomatopoeic allusions to birdsong, is conceived as an expanded rondo. Whether or not the cry of the cuckoo struck a special chord with Gustav Mahler, just such a cry is found in the opening of his First Symphony.
Karl Böhm, was born in Graz in 1894 and died in Salzburg in 1981. His place in the history of the Vienna Philharmonic was marked by becomming the first person to whom the orchestra awarded the title “honorary conductor” in 1967 – a distinction that has since then been accorded only once more in the orchestra’s history, namely, to Herbert von Karajan in 1980.
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Karl Böhm, Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony Nr. 6 F-Dur op. 68 “Pastorale” and Overture “Egmont” op. 84 is available now on 2xLP for an MSRP 39,90 € (incl. VAT).
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Symphony Nr. 6 F-Dur op. 68 “Pastorale”
1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei Ankunft auf dem Lande / Allegro ma non troppo
2. Szene am Bach / Andate molto mosso
3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute / Allegro
4. Gewitter – Sturm / Allegro
5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm / Allegretto
Overture “Egmont” op. 84
1. Musik zu Goethes Tragödie
For more information, go to Pro-Ject.
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