Mastered from the Original 3-Track Tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound and Now Cut at 45 RPM on 2LPs!
Written in 1808, Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 ("Pastoral") 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.
Bruno Walter helped shape the very essence of interpretive style among conductors. Walter's rendition of Beethoven's Sixth 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. Walter's late life was marked by stereo recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of professional musicians assembled by Columbia Records for many sessions, including this one. Originally released in 1958, this recording still sounds fresh, with a broad soundstage, persuasive depth, and a remarkable sense of "air" and presence. Due to 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 the Sixth Symphony ever produced!
And here, once again, Analogue Productions has taken a classic and shaped it to make the premier reissue of this famed LP. It's been mastered from the original 3-track tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound while the lacquers were plated and pressed to 200g 45RPM double vinyl for the first time. With the music now spread over four sides of vinyl, the wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately reducing distortion and high frequency loss. The Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on gatefold jacket has also been upgraded handsomely by a series of rarely-seen photos of Walter from the Sony Music Archives.
Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
Bruno Walter, conductor
The Columbia Symphony Orchestra
• 200g 45RPM 2LP pressing from Analogue Productions
• Mastered from the original 3-track tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
• Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing with rare photos from the Sony Music Archives