Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil / Jeanne Lamon - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil / Jeanne Lamon - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
Release Date:
March 22, 2005
Duration:
01:13:52
Styles:
Symphony
Album:
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
Genre:

The listener is always taken by surprise with period instrument recordings of Beethoven's symphonies. Whether the surprise is pleasant or unpleasant is another matter. Sometimes the performance sounds as if it was played on tiny instruments -- the Academy of Ancient Music under Christopher Hogwood -- sometimes as if on tinny instruments -- the London Classical Players under Roger Norrington -- and sometimes as if on toy instruments -- this recording of the Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6 by Tafelmusik under Bruno Weil. While there are new things to hear in the performance -- some low wind lines in the Andante of the Sixth and a few bars of brass harmonies in the Finale of the Fifth -- the sound of the instruments lacks depth, weight, and clarity and the ensemble is gray and hazy. Weil's interpretations are gentle and lyrical but nearly lack power and movement. While this approach is not altogether inappropriate in the Sixth, it is completely wrong for the Fifth. Weil's Sixth sounds like a Cortot landscape faded by the sun, but his Fifth sounds like a Greek column worn and scarred by time. Analekta's recording is faint and remote.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68
Allegro ma non troppo. Joyous feelings awakend upon arrival in the countrysideJeanne Lamon / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil11:30
Andante molto moto. Scene by the brookJeanne Lamon / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil12:28
Allegro. Merry gathering of country folkJeanne Lamon / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil5:08
Allegro. Storm. TempestJeanne Lamon / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil3:47
Allegretto. Shepherd's song; happy, thankful feelings after the stormJeanne Lamon / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil9:48
Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67
Allegro con brioJeanne Lamon / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil6:51
Andante con motoJeanne Lamon / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil8:51
AllegroJeanne Lamon / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil4:46
AllegroJeanne Lamon / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Bruno Weil10:43

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