Bruno Walter - Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68

 (Columbia Symphony Orchestra)


Analogue Productions



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The famed recording returns in a premier vinyl reissue from Analogue Productions!

Mastered from the original 3-track tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound!

Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings on 200-gram vinyl!

Deluxe old-style tip-on gatefold jacket with additional photos from the Sony Music Archives!

"One can debate at length which of the hundreds of recordings of this symphony is superior, but few would debate that this recording has been at the top of many lists of audiophile favorites for decades because of its superior interpretation and remarkable early stereo sound. ... Analogue Productions has thrown its hat in the (reissue) ring with this Harry Pearson Super Disc — one of the best recorded great interpretations of one of the greatest pieces of music that exists. While the top end sheen may be more subdued, the release surpasses the original in depth and width of soundstage and firmness of grip of the orchestra. Highest recommendation." Recording = 10/10; Music = 10/10 — Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi +, Issue 131

Bruno Walter helped shape the very essence of interpretive style among conductors. Walter's rendition of Beethoven's sixth symphony is perhaps the greatest ever recorded — his reading of the score comes off sounding like a piece of literature or poetry, but that is a great thing and perfectly blends with the music to create a benchmark recording.

And here, once again, Analogue Productions has taken a classic and shaped it to make the premier reissue of this famed LP. Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound mastered this album from the original analog tapes. The cut lacquers were plated and pressed to 200-gram vinyl by our own Quality Record Pressings. The Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on gatefold jacket has been upgraded handsomely by a series of rarely-seen photos of Walter from the Sony Music Archives. Everything about this reissue radiates quality.

Written in 1808, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68, is deemed one of the most influential by the famed composer. Unlike the vast majority of assumed names by which his works have become known, Beethoven directed from the very outset that his sixth symphony be titled "Pastoral Symphony," or a recollection of country life. It was a musical approach to the forces of nature that inspired Beethoven.

Walter's late life was marked by stereo recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of professional musicians assembled by Columbia Records for recordings.

Originally released in 1958, this recording still sounds fresh, with a broad soundstage, persuasive depth, and a remarkable sense of "air" and presence. Simply because of Walter's vibrant, fluid interpretation, taking into account both variable tempi and heightened accents, the result is one of the most passionate, awe-inspiring recorded versions of this symphony that's ever been recorded.

1. I. Allegro ma non troppo (The awakening of joyful feelings upon arrival in the country)
2. II. Andante molto moto (The Brook)
3. III. Allegro (Village Festival)
4. IV. Allegro (The Storm)
5. V. Allegretto (Shepherd's Song)

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 09/11/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: nickisonm
I got this record. Cleaned it multiple heavy cycles on my DeGritter, Ran both sides 3 laps each on the Furtech DeStat III. Ok, let me play it now.....knowing it will sound better in 2 days (my method)

WOW !! I always liked the end-of-life Maestro Walter STEREO recordings of Beethoven and Brahms (and MONO recordings of Mahler -- including the TRAGIC Mahler 9th during WW2). This record is, to me, Ryan K Sterling's best work to date (I know...saying a lot especially with all the good stuff he's done). I just can't stop listening to this recording.


Front End: Technics 1200G-S (1200G MK. II); Ortofon Concorde with OM 30 Stylus; KAB TD1000 Damping Trough; KAB Cardas Super Flexible Double Litz Interconnects; Lehmann Black Cube SE (with PWX Power Supply Upgrade) into McIntosh C712 Controller and Sennheiser RS120 'cans'

Great reissue

posted on 02/27/2016
5 Stars
Reviewer: Dave
Dead-quiet vinyl. Wonderful analog sound. Highly recommended.

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