Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

  1. 1) I. Allegro con brio

    7.05

  2. 2) II. Andante con moto

    10.10

  3. 3) III. Scherzo. Allegro

    5.21

  4. 4) IV. Allegro

    10.58

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68

  1. 5) I. Allegro ma non troppo

    11.36

  2. 6) II. Andante molto mosso

    10.25

  3. 7) III. Allegro

    5.15

  4. 8) IV. Allegro

    3.48

  5. 9) V. Allegretto

    8.26

CD information

TWO SIDES OF BEETHOVEN’S MUSICAL PERSONA
Maestro Marek Janowski and the WDR Symphony Orchestra present Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth symphonies. Premiered during the same concert in 1808, these two symphonies present two sides of Beethoven’s musical persona. Whereas the Fifth is legendary for its drama and forward urge the “Pastoral” Sixth offers idyllic sounds, albeit shortly interrupted by a thunderstorm that resembles the tempestuous development of the Fifth. Programmed together, these two pieces constitute a fascinating portrait of Beethoven at the height of his creative powers.

Marek Janowski is one of the most celebrated conductors of our times, and enjoys a vast PENTATONE discography, including complete recordings of Bruckner’s symphonies and Wagner’s mature operas. This is his second PENTATONE collaboration with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, one of the most established radio orchestras of Germany.

Released physically on SACD.