Rattle Conducts Beethoven's Symphonies No. 6 and No. 8
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
This spring, WQXR is presenting weekly broadcasts of the Berlin Philharmonic, recorded live in Berlin, exclusively for WQXR. And during the month of May, the series will showcase Simon Rattle leading the orchestra in a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies. This episode presents Beethoven's two symphonies that he wrote in F major: Symphony No. 6, "Pastorale," and No. 8.
The earlier work was subtitled "Recollections of Country Life" by the composer and is imbued with his love for nature. The Eighth Symphony, which he called "my little Symphony in F," compared to the grander Pastorale, is among one of Beethoven most light-hearted symphonies, showing the influence of his mentor, Haydn.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major Pastoral
Also heard during this episode:
Rameau: Orchestra Pieces from Les Boreades, (arr. Rattle)
Simon Rattle, conductor