Bruno Walter, Columbia Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphonies No. 6 & 2 (1958/2016)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 76:19 minutes | 6,01 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 76:19 minutes | 1,60 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet
Walter recorded the Beethoven symphonies in stereo for Columbia in 1958-59, taping Nos. 2 & 6 in Los Angeles with orchestra of freelance and studio musicians who rose magnificently to the occasion. Walter was in his eighties, but that didn’t stop him from grabbing these works by the throat; there is no mincing around, no effusive lingering over phrases, no ponderous trudging either.
Bruno Walter knows how to conduct Beethoven. His recording of the 6th Symphony (Pastoral) is simply the finest on disc. From the opening passages of the first movement, one is in for a real treat. Actually the entire Beethoven Symphony cycle conducted by Bruno Walter is an essential to add to one’s Classical collection, but for starters, I would recommend this particular recording.
01 – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
02 – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”: Andante Molto Moto
03 – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”: Allegro
04 – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”: Allegro
05 – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”: Allegretto
06 – Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: Adagio molto; Allegro con brio
07 – Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: Larghetto
08 – Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: Scherzo; Allegro
09 – Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: Allegro molto
Recording Producer: John McClure.
Recorded on January 13, 15 & 17, 1958 by CBS at American Legion Hall, Hollywood, CA.