Symphonies nos. 4 & 6
Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonies nos. 4 & 6

Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer

CCS 30710 - 0723385307105

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Two fundamentally different symphonies: both works explore feelings from an entirely different point of view. The Fourth is about human feelings and moods: obsession, love (what a melody in the second movement!), happiness, fun, wit, (Beethoven's most humorous finale!). The Sixth is about feelings that nature awakens in us: calmness, meditation, thankfulness.

It has been an especially creative process to work on these masterpieces. We discovered that the Fourth Symphony sounds better with natural horns and trumpets. In the Pastorale we used a different seating arrangement, with the winds  scattered among the strings, so that each soloist was surrounded by musicians playing the flow of Beethoven's nature music. After the storm, when we hear the first tentative horn call with a bagpipe-like accompaniment, suggesting signals across the mountains,  we found it appropriate to answer with a solo violin, which is gradually joined by the whole orchestra.
Iván Fischer

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60
    I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
    11:51
  • 2
    Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60
    II. Adagio
    08:52
  • 3
    Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60
    III. Allegro vivace
    05:50
  • 4
    Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60
    IV. Allegro ma non troppo
    06:46
  • 5
    Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - 'Pastoral'
    I. Allegro ma non troppo - 'Angenehme, heitere Empfindungen welche bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande im M
    11:52
  • 6
    Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - 'Pastoral'
    II. Andante molto mosso - 'Szene am Bach'
    13:38
  • 7
    Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - 'Pastoral'
    III. Allegro - 'Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute'
    05:00
  • 8
    Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - 'Pastoral'
    IV. Allegro - 'Donner. Sturm'
    03:47
  • 9
    Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - 'Pastoral'
    V. Allegretto - 'Hirtengesang, Woltätige, mit Dank an die Gottheit verbundene Gefuhle nach dem Sturm'
    10:58