Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 in F major "Pastoral" op. 68
This is an amazing Pastoral. The playing, sound, and interpretation are all exquisite. One of the great ones.
Thank you! I've been following along with the scores...they are NOT easy pieces! The syncopations are wild. The other thing I've noticed is the heavy use of piano. I'm not usually a fan of piano in symphonies, but in this case, I really like it. He uses it as a textural instrument, not necessarily as a melodic vehicle or chordal accompaniment. It's great!One of the things about Martinů's music, especially in the symphonies, is his use of syncopations. It's difficult music to perform well, but, thankfully, there have been several conductors who got inside this music.
I'm the opposite! I love the piece (for me it is his best) but there are very few recordings I fully enjoy. So my praise of the Currentzis is high indeed (despite it clearly - read the words, look at the Russian tradition - being not quite what Shostakovich intended). Currentzis is a bit "neoclassical" with the work - which is very rewarding in its own way.This being a Currentzis recording, it's not going to be conventional or "true to the work" (whatever this actually means, because only Shostakovich knew what he meant and everything else is merely an interpretation). There are many fine performances of the 14th on record, so we're in no shortage --- I also love Kondrashin, Jurowski, Maxim Shostakovich, Barshai, Bernstein et. al.
I remembered it the wrong way around! Never mind: I like both. This (first Boulez) is certainly great and a real thrill. But really it is a work that responds well to various treatments and it is that variety (among what I feel are the best) that I love more than any particular recording.The member @Lisztianwagner mentioned the second Boulez recording being their favorite. In my initial post in the Bluebeard thread, I mentioned that the Boulez on Columbia was my reference recording. And, yes, there are many great recordings of Bluebeard, but this Boulez goes straight to the top for me.