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Syms 3/6


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  • 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: #233,206 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...

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Hermann Scherchen is one of my favorite conductors - if I ever sat down and made a list of my "Top Twenty," I know he would be in there somewhere. I own (or have owned) all of his studio recordings and most of his "live" offerings as well. I admire him in modern music, some of his Bach, and all of his Haydn. But his Beethoven was, shall we say, "uneven."
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.
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By josh7T2 on Oct. 3 2002
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"SPEED KILLS" is a common slogan in road-safety campaigns around the world. It is also an apt metaphor for the way Scherchen has conducted these two Beethoven symphonies. It's as if they had been recorded immediately after a telephone call from Mrs. Scherchen admonishing her husband not to be late yet again for dinner.
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.
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It is possible to read contradictory assessments of Hermann Scherchen's 1958 stereo account, for Westminster, of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. (It's not only possible, but usual, to encounter contradictory assessments of Scherchen!) A number of commentators say that it is a mess: that Scherchen's decision to apply extremely rapid tempi leaves the conductor waving about madly while the orchestra, trying to catch up, falls into disarray. Others admit that Scherchen's idea is "mad" (to cite one of them) but add that, despite some scrappy ensemble in the Scherzo and the Finale, the concept is valid and the reading truly exciting. René Tremine sums up in the introduction to his annotated Scherchen discography: "The stereo remake of the Eroica is one of Scherchen's most curious interpretations. His wish to respect Beethoven's tempi to the letter produced a very quick performance (like René Leibowitz's recording), so fast that many thought it was a joke. The orchestra tried to do its best but by the finale it is totally over-run and on the brink of chaos." When I saw that DG had reissued this notorious recording as part of its new, Westminster archive series, coupling the Eroica with its stereo stable mate the Pastoral, my curiosity was aroused. I like Scherchen for many things: for his Mahler, for example, and for his Bach, especially his different versions of The Art of the Fugue. So I decided to give it a try. It's definitely not in the camp of Furtwängler of Celibidache, who tend to rein in the pace for the sake of grandeur; it's maybe a bit closer to Klemperer, who, like Scherchen, was a "modern" rather than a "romantic" in his interpretations. Really, however, it's wild and sui generis.Read more ›
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Hermann Scherchen was one of the most individual conductors of the 20th Century who rarely failed to take a fresh approach to a work. Beethoven is often refered to as a firebrand musical revolutionary but far too many performances bring him off as a rocking chair bound has been. That is not the case here. The revolution is on and Scherchen is leading it. His performance of the 3rd Symphony is probably the most exuberant and bracing performance ever recorded. From note one Scherchen does not let up and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra is kept constantly on its toes. They almost loose it at times but that too adds to the excitement of the performance. The performance of the 6th is as invigorating and spirited. This is a new remastering for the Westminster Legacy series. It is in stereo and it manages to tame many of the rough edges of the previous release on MCA. If you are tired of hearing Beethoven stale and dry this is your antidote.
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