- Audio CD (Nov. 16 2001)
- SPARS Code: ADD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Deutsche Grammophon
- ASIN: B00005OLDP
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Sym No.3 in E flat Op.55 'Eroica': 1. Allegro Con Brio|
|2. Sym No.3 in E flat Op.55 'Eroica': 2. Marcia Funebre. Adagio Assai|
|3. Sym No.3 in E flat Op.55 'Eroica': 3. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace|
|4. Sym No.3 in E flat Op.55 'Eroica': 4. Finale. Allegro Molto|
|5. Sym No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale': 1. Awakening Of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival In The Country:..|
|6. Sym No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale': 2. Scene By The Brook|
|7. Sym No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale': 3. Merry Gathering Of Country Folk: Allegro|
|8. Sym No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale': 4. Thunderstorm: Allegro|
|9. Sym No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale': 5. Shepherd's Song: Happy And Thankful Feelings After The Storm...|
The "Eroica" and the "Pastorale" recordings featured on this well-transferred CD are pretty erratic. I recall with amusement a Fanfare critic's assessment that "this 3rd is the most insane reading of a Beethoven symphony ever recorded." Well, I wouldn't go THAT far - but it is highly eccentric to be sure. The concept is fascinating - apparently Constantin Silvestri did something similar with the Bournemouth Symphony (hopefully, a radio tape of that might turn up someday - Silvestri surely achieved a higher level of ensemble playing than what is heard here under Scherchen). But I sure wouldn't want this Scherchen as my only recording of the work.
In the case of the "Pastorale," I simply get the feeling that Scherchen may have lost his interest in the music. There sure isn't much about it that you could call pastoral - it's all rather hard-bitten and unsympathetic. But at least the orchestra doesn't get caught as unawares (or napping) as in the 3rd, where some of the ensemble work verges on the comical. Scherchen's earlier 6th (once on Westminster LP 5108) was far more sympathetic - it was also 5 minutes slower.
I would suggest that, if you want to hear what Scherchen was capable of in the 3rd, then you should seek out a copy of "Hermann Scherchen: The Ultraphon Recordings" on Tahra 283/286.Read more ›
The majesty, the idealism and the passion of the "Eroica" are not totally absent, but they have been pushed into the background by relentless speed and directionless energy. The same can be said for the charm, the color and the lyricism of the "Pastorale".
These idiosyncratic performances are lively enough, but they suffer from a lack of soul--that most outstanding of Beethoven's qualities.