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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 6 and 2

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2006

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2006


London Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink


Barbican Centre, London


James Mallinson


Jonathan Stokes

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 75:57
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Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral' (1807-1808)

1 Erwachen heiterer Gefühle bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande 11:39
  Allegro ma non troppo  
2 Szene am Bach 11:48
  Andante molto mosso  
3 Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute 4:58
4 Gewitter, Sturm 3:31
5 Hirtengesang - Frohe, dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm 9:36

Symphony No. 2

6 Adagio molto - Allegro con brio 13:05
7 Larghetto 10:43
8 Scherzo and Trio: Allegro 3:59
9 Allegro molto 6:38

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.

"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 - 2 June 2006

"Bernard Haitink elicits ravishing sounds from LondonSymphony ... an undeniably great performance ... Among the hundreds of recordings of this favorite work, you really can’t do better"

Dallas Morning News - 24 July 2006

"it is hard to imagine more profoundly satisfying accounts than these ...The playing of the LSO is quite magnificent"

BBC Music Magazine - July 2006

"the second release in the already legendary series ... By theBrook 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" - 20 May 2006

"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 where to ask me which version of the Pastoral Iwould recommend, I would first of all direct them to this one"

International Record Review - June 2006

"a fantastic performance - pure music-making by a great conductor and an orchestra that responds magnificently to his every request"
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Classic FM - 5-9 June 2009

"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 - 4 June 2006


Gramophone - August 2006

"simply masterful Beethoven ... Capped by a magisterial account of the Ninth Symphony, this is the Beethoven set for our time. Even if you already have umpteen other recordings of these works, you really owe it to yourself to hear this new set. It’s a deeply satisfying musical experience"

Chicago Tribune - 13 October 2006

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