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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 6 & 2

    1. Symphony No 6 in F Major, 'Pastoral': I. Erwachen heiterer Gefühle bei der Ankunft
    2. Symphony No 2 in D Major: I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
  • Catalogue Number LSO0582
    UPC 822231158226

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineer

    Recorded November 2005, Barbican, London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • Editor's Choice Gramophone

    CD of the Week 'A fantastic performance - pure music-making by a great conductor and an orchestra that responds magnificently to his every request.' Classic FM

    'The fruitful influence of the historically minded period instrument movement on mainstream interpretation is vividly exemplified on this spanking disc by the LSO under a rejuvenated Bernard Haitink. The Second Symphony springs out at us with a freshness and intense physicality... but also with a most sensitive attention to detail... the Pastoral is a delight, recapturing the composer's excitement as he arrives in his beloved countryside.' Sunday Times

    'Outstandingly well played... There is a oneness of conception here which is superb - quite remarkable and ultimately wholly convincing. I'll let you into a secret: I have many recordings of the Beethoven symphonies in my collection but if anyone were to ask me which version of the Pastoral I would recommend, I would first of all direct them to this one.' International Record Review

    'The second release in the already legendary series... By the Brook has surely never been more beautifully played than it is here... There is a creaminess about the performance that is very difficult to capture on record.' MusicOMH.com

    'It is hard to imagine more profoundly satisfying accounts than these... The playing of the LSO is quite magnificent.' BBC Music Magazine

    'Bernard Haitink elicits ravishing sounds from London Symphony... an undeniably great performance... Among the hundreds of recordings of this favorite work, you really can't do better.' Dallas Morning News

    'Utter composure and authority drawn from a lifetime of musical exploration inform Bernard Haitink's latest Beethoven release with the LSO. The attention to detail is breathtaking. Vintage stuff.'
    The Scotsman

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Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra


The 'Pastoral' symphony is one of Beethoven's most consistently popular works, evoking feelings of the natural world's beauty. The symphony embodies the spirit of the dawning Romantic era in its depiction of the countryside, and allowed Beethoven to express his love of nature and the outdoors. At the time of its completion, the Second Symphony was probably the longest yet composed. Written while he was coming to terms with the onset of deafness, it is surprisingly light hearted and cheerful.


Composer   Beethoven
Conductor   Bernard Haitink
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 6 in F Major, 'Pastoral': I. Erwachen heiterer Gefühle bei der Ankunft
2. Symphony No 6 in F Major, 'Pastoral': II. Szene am Bach
3. Symphony No 6 in F Major, 'Pastoral': III. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute
4. Symphony No 6 in F Major, 'Pastoral': IV. Gewitter, Sturm
5. Symphony No 6 in F Major, 'Pastoral': V. Hirtengesang – Frohe, dankbare Gefühle
6. Symphony No 2 in D Major: I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
7. Symphony No 2 in D Major: II. Larghetto
8. Symphony No 2 in D Major: III. Scherzo & Trio: Allegro
9. Symphony No 2 in D Major: IV. Allegro molto

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