Beethoven - Symfonie no.6 In F op.68 ,,Pastorale'' Fidelio - Ouverture op 72c

Band/Record: Beethoven - Symfonie no.6 In F op.68 ,,Pastorale'' Fidelio - Ouverture op 72c

Label/Matrix: NL 1962 Philips 610800

Condition Record/Sleeve: Mint-/EX

Extra Info: Fantastic Album !! Wow ... Original Dutch pressing on HI-FI Stereo ... very collectible pressing ... Minty dream audio..

BEETHOVEN. Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"; Fidelio Overture, Op. 72c. Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch.

(this is the mono review .....)
This is an excellent version of the Pastoral that I would place well ahead of almost any rival—except of course the classic Beecham version (also on Philips and with the generous coupling of the Unfinished). The recording is good but with odd balance at times (the flute is virtually lost in the trio of the third movement for example), but few will complain, for the whole performance has a vigour and glow over it which is most taking.
The first movement is done very straight, but still with a lift to the rhythm and a good feeling for the architecture of the movement (the exposition repeat is taken). The slow movement is a shade faster than usual, but that only underlines the feeling of compound time when the usual speed tends instead to give the impression of three in a bar. Nor is there any feeling of haste, for each individual triplet is beautifully shaped, and there is a nice balance between orchestral polish and rustic freshness. The same applies to the third and fifth movements and the Storm is most excitingly done. Even making no allowances for recording quality this is a very genuine rival to the Beecham version, which particularly on the string tone begins to show its age. The make-weight here is brief, but it is something to have a coupling at all with the Pastoral. E.G.