Rattle Conducts Beethoven's Symphonies No. 6 and No. 8

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Simon Rattle leads the Berlin Philharmonic in one of Beethoven's symphonies. Simon Rattle leads the Berlin Philharmonic in one of Beethoven's symphonies. (Monika Rittershaus/Berlin Philharmonic/---)

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.

Program Playlist:

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

The Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 Boxset is now available for pre-sale order at Arkiv Music and other Berlin Philharmonic recordings are available for sale on iTunes.

Comments [3]

James Walberg

Hello and thank you for allowing us listeners to replay "on demand". I missed this concert and would appreciate if if you posted it. Thank you

Jun. 09 2016 10:37 AM
Briand from France Asnières sur seine

Can you put audio replay and download for this concert ?. It would be great to get all concerts
Thanks for your prompt feedback.
Dominique Briand
06 42 03 83 96
France

May. 22 2016 03:57 PM
Isabel Howell from Chattanooga tn

Can you put audio replay and download for this episode? Looks like you forgot this week. It still appears on the previous week's episode. Thanks.

May. 20 2016 10:58 AM

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