BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral" (Bernstein)

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Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"

Venue: Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna
Playing Time: 00:48:48
Television Director: Burton, Humphrey
Catalogue Number: A05500653
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Nature was often Beethoven's companion during his long solitary walks in the countryside near Vienna. His communion with nature brought forth the Pastoral Symphony, composed between in 1807/1808. Its first performance took place in Vienna on 22 December 1808. Each of the Pastoral's five movements (it is Beethoven's only five-movement symphony) bears a descriptive title, suggesting a scene from country life. In the second movement, woodwinds imitate bird calls: flute (nightingale), oboe (quail)and clarinet (cuckoo). Beethoven's joy is expressed throughout the work: "How glad I am to be able to roam in woods and thickets, among the trees,flowers and rocks", he said. "No one can love the country as I do... my bad hearing does not trouble me here."

This recording is part of Bernstein's complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra live in Vienna. The series won the Ace Award, the U.S. Cable TV Association's top award for outstanding quality and entertainment value. Bernstein's impassioned renderings of Beethoven move audiences in a unique way. "Beethoven has always meant universality to me, ever since my early adolescence, when I first heard that unforgettable cry of 'BrĂ¼der!'. From that moment on, every... symphony came to mean heart-to-heart communication, travelling satellite-fashion via the cosmos itself. I offer [this cycle] to all music-loving ears as a testament of faith and of my most profound reactions to this greatest of all composers." (Leonard Bernstein, 1980)

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