A jewel of musical listening pleasure”, “Beethoven taken seriously”, “Not just any thousandth variant”, “Finally a Beethoven for music-lovers”: the international press was full of praise when Bertrand de Billy and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna presented Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony on OehmsClassics. With the Fifth and Sixth (“Pastorale”), two of Beethoven’s most popular symphonies have now been released. Bertrand de Billy’s fundamental premise is absolute fidelity to the score, which includes absolute observance of the original tempo markings in order to preserve the proportions of the works. While the Fifth Symphony is shaped by its famous four-note motive and develops from darkness into a final light, the Pastorale is considered to be among the most important pieces of program music ever written. Storm, birdcalls or brusque peasants’ dance – Beethoven’s score bubbles over with ideas.