Resound Beethoven Vol. 8: Symphonies 5 & 6 'Pastoral'

Resound Beethoven Vol. 8: Symphonies 5 & 6 'Pastoral'

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    The Resound Beethoven series from The Orchester Wiener Akademie and conductor Martin Haselböck ends with two emblematic works: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6.

    The series is performed on period instruments and scrupulously respects the orchestral layouts of 200 years ago. Volume 8, the last volume of the series, is devoted to two symphonies, both of which are dedicated jointly to Prince Franz Joseph Maximilian Lobkowitz and Count Andreas Kirillovich Razumovsky. Each of these symphonies has a name attached to it.

    While the Fifth Symphony is sometimes called the ‘Fate’ Symphony for more or less determined reasons, Beethoven himself named the Sixth ‘Pastoral’, thus pursuing the venerable tradition of the musical pastorale while conferring a new dimension on it.

    The Orchester Wiener Akademie recorded these two works in the Landhaus Saal of the Niederösterreich Palais, Beethoven’s favourite concert venue. Between 1819 and 1827, all his nine symphonies were performed there at the ‘Concerts spirituels’ founded by Franz Gebauer, and it was in this same palace that the Austrian Revolution of 1848 began.