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Classics Explained: Beethoven - Symphony No. 6, 'Pastoral'

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Catalogue number8558034-35
Release date2002-07-05
Discs2

 
 
 
Disc 1
 
  Composer: Siepmann, Jeremy, Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening
of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country
51:46
01 On Beethoven's Openings 01:26 $ 0.26 USD
02 Opening phrase of the 'Pastoral': ood, Symbolism and Musical
Function
01:44 $ 0.31 USD
03 Musical Acorns: the outline of melody; the shape of a
question
00:42 $ 0.13 USD
04 The 'question' in the 'Pastoral' repeated... 00:04 $ 0.01 USD
05 ...and answered 00:12 $ 0.04 USD
06 The opening phrase ends on a note full of pregnant
expectation
00:19 $ 0.06 USD
07 Starting with a stop 00:36 $ 0.11 USD
08 The rhythmic profile of the opening phrase; a two-part
construction
00:52 $ 0.16 USD
09 Phrase One, Part One 00:09 $ 0.03 USD
10 Phrase One, Part Two 00:06 $ 0.02 USD
11 The properties of rhythmic ambiguity; the 'question' of
Phrase One answered
01:03 $ 0.19 USD
12 Phrase Two: from meander to march 00:27 $ 0.08 USD
13 The makings of a conversation: contrast and variation 00:47 $ 0.14 USD
14 Repetition as a major factor, but it's never mere
repetition; each time something new is added
00:33 $ 0.10 USD
15 From soft to loud and back again; instrumental enrichment
from horns and double-basses
00:18 $ 0.05 USD
16 Mega-repetition: violins play exactly the same little
fragment ten times in a row
00:29 $ 0.09 USD
17 But no two repetitions are quite the same; varieties of
contrast
00:34 $ 0.10 USD
18 More variation: pitch rises; violins joined frist by the
clarinet, then by the oboe
00:19 $ 0.06 USD
19 Return to opening idea, but with new instrumentation and
articulation
00:25 $ 0.08 USD
20 Clarinets, horns, bassoons and flutes now join expansive
variation
00:49 $ 0.15 USD
21 'New' insistent rhythm derived from the first four notes of
the piece
00:09 $ 0.03 USD
22 With the dawn chorus, a whole forest is waking up; feelings
of rapture
00:36 $ 0.11 USD
23 First violins play a derivative of the opening figure,
joined by wind and strings
00:32 $ 0.10 USD
24 Sudden change of key, from the home key (tonic) to the
dominant
00:30 $ 0.09 USD
25 Arrival at the hightly contrasting second main theme 00:55 $ 0.17 USD
26 Unusual properties of second main theme 02:15 $ 0.41 USD
27 Rhythmic clash between simultaneous groups of three beats
and groups of two
01:09 $ 0.21 USD
28 winds fall selent as the violins and violas interrupt with a
new theme
00:30 $ 0.09 USD
29 Winds answer with the same morse-like rhythm but at half the
speed
00:51 $ 0.15 USD
30 Crescendo leads to strings' acceleration of the pace with no
increase in tempo
01:05 $ 0.20 USD
31 Beginning of coda, directly based on morse-like rhythm of
the main theme
00:22 $ 0.07 USD
32 Strings reiterate small fragment of the new theme 13 times
in a row
00:48 $ 0.14 USD
33 A simple, rising violin phrase leads to a repeat of the
Exposition
00:18 $ 0.05 USD
34 The nature and function of the Development section in sonata
form; 'harmonic' rhythm explained
02:22 $ 0.43 USD
35 The nature of harmonic rhythm illustrated 00:35 $ 0.11 USD
36 A typically Beethovenian exercise in the frustration of
expectation
00:38 $ 0.11 USD
37 Repetitiousness and magic effected largely through
instrumental colour
00:42 $ 0.13 USD
38 Then come four, almost identical bars 00:08 $ 0.02 USD
39 Even greater magic, with sudden switch of key and tone
colour
00:28 $ 0.08 USD
40 Entire Development section up to this point 01:55 $ 0.35 USD
41 The Development continued 01:23 $ 0.25 USD
42 Increased unease and suspense as harmonic rhythm accelerates 02:03 $ 0.37 USD
43 Arrival at the point of Recapitulation; back to the
beginning, as a reminder
01:50 $ 0.33 USD
44 Beginning of Recapitulation 00:50 $ 0.15 USD
45 More Beethovenian frustrations of expectations which he
himself has just set up
01:01 $ 0.18 USD
46 Harmonic rhythm speeds up, giving the impression of an
accent on every beat
00:34 $ 0.10 USD
47 Prevailing mood restored; new theme from clarinets and
bassoons
00:28 $ 0.08 USD
48 Violins and violas take up theme; horns, cellos,
double-basses accompany
00:48 $ 0.14 USD
49 A hush falls, followed by a return of the movement's most
familiar tag in strings
00:58 $ 0.17 USD
50 Clarinet takes up the running triplet figures of the main
closing theme
00:32 $ 0.10 USD
51 First violins take up the opening phrase again, accompanied
by double-basses
00:37 $ 0.11 USD
52 Beethoven slips in one last surprise; cue to complete
movement
00:59 $ 0.18 USD
53 First movement (complete) 11:01 $ 1.98 USD
 
 
  Composer: Siepmann, Jeremy, Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Second Movement: Scene by the Brook 38:09
54 General introduction; the birth of a melody 01:59 $ 0.36 USD
55 Brook music quickens; syncopated horns; theme changes hands;
evocation of birdsong
01:19 $ 0.24 USD
56 The 'motto' theme introduced by violins and treated to
round-like overlappings
00:52 $ 0.16 USD
57 Transitional 'bridge' theme sets off for new key group. But
is it? And does it?
00:39 $ 0.12 USD
58 Will he, or won't he? Beethoven keeps us guessing 01:09 $ 0.21 USD
59 The run-up to the Second Group 01:14 $ 0.22 USD
60 Arrival at the Second Group; but where is the actual Second
Subject?
00:39 $ 0.12 USD
61 A new tune is introduced by the bassoon 00:38 $ 0.11 USD
62 Tune is repeated three times 01:00 $ 0.18 USD
63 ...which the full orchestra now takes up in varied form 00:45 $ 0.14 USD
64 Theme carried by flutes and first violins in a charmingly
waltz-like development
00:48 $ 0.14 USD
65 A reminder of precedent 00:14 $ 0.04 USD
66 Back to the prevailing triple-metre with violins, bassoons
and flutes
00:16 $ 0.05 USD
67 Another reminder of precedent... 00:16 $ 0.05 USD
68 ...and a cue to some unexpected departures 00:38 $ 0.11 USD
69 The transformational magic of Beethoven's 'tone-painting' -
and a new varation
00:50 $ 0.15 USD
70 Conversation of clarinet, flute and oboe on the way to the
Development
00:43 $ 0.13 USD
71 Harmonic movement emphasised by violins; oboe takes up the
First Subject
00:38 $ 0.11 USD
72 Flute and oboe discuss the First Subject, before arriving
together at the Transition
01:04 $ 0.19 USD
73 Gains in volume and intensity lead to a new key-change 00:47 $ 0.14 USD
74 More thematic transformation through the agency of
tone-colour
01:11 $ 0.21 USD
75 Harmonic fluideity - instability - as the central engine of
the Development section
01:40 $ 0.30 USD
76 Harmonic instability, thematic dissolution increase, then
lessen with approach of Recapitulation
01:41 $ 0.30 USD
77 Recap. and transformation: key and material are right, but
what a change of presentation!
01:29 $ 0.27 USD
78 Just when we know what's coming, Beethoven changes the rules
(or at least the harmony)
00:53 $ 0.16 USD
79 Transformation by reorchestration; switch to long sustained
chords; then everything stops
01:20 $ 0.24 USD
80 The silence is broken by voices of nightingale (flute),
quail (oboe) and cuckoo (clarinet)
00:40 $ 0.12 USD
81 First violins bring back motto theme 00:12 $ 0.04 USD
82 Cue to complete movement on CD 2 00:32 $ 0.10 USD
 
 
Disc 2
01 Second movement (complete) 12:03 $ 2.17 USD
 
 
  Composer: Siepmann, Jeremy, Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry
Gathering of Country Folk
14:40
02 Beethoven and the Scherzo: an introduction; Part One of
opening phrase taken by the strings
01:32 $ 0.28 USD
03 Immediate response; Part One is answered by a march more
singing, continuous legato
00:23 $ 0.07 USD
04 Entire orchestra gives out opening theme, this time
fortissimo and with powerful accents
01:06 $ 0.20 USD
05 A mustical ball game. The contrast of this and the first two
movements could hardly be greater
00:33 $ 0.10 USD
06 After quietly teasing suspense, Beethoven mocks village
band, first the oboe, then the bassoon
01:18 $ 0.23 USD
07 Clarinet joins in, then horn takes the tune - the dance no
longer boisterous but lyrical
00:48 $ 0.14 USD
08 Strings sweep the village musicians aside and hurtle us into
the new, boisterous 'Trio' section
00:46 $ 0.14 USD
09 The air is alive with the sound of (mock) bagpipes,
tambourines and fifes
01:00 $ 0.18 USD
10 Coda; begins as the movement itself begins, but soon
diverges in harmony and instrumentation
01:18 $ 0.23 USD
11 Original layout compressed; order of events is changed nd
Beethoven springs a big surprise
00:42 $ 0.13 USD
12 Third movement (complete) 05:14 $ 0.94 USD
 
 
  Composer: Siepmann, Jeremy, Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm 15:03
13 Unparalled portrait of nature's power over humanity, with
some stupendous orchestration
03:05 $ 0.56 USD
14 Self-generating form and terror of total unpredictability;
'anxiety motif' from the violins
01:34 $ 0.28 USD
15 The 'lashing rain' motif - downward-driving arpeggios from
the first violins and violas
00:36 $ 0.11 USD
16 The 'lightning' motif, and its recurrnece later in the
movement
00:22 $ 0.07 USD
17 'Rain' motif, derived from descending scale pattern from the
violins at the outest
00:13 $ 0.04 USD
18 Shivering tremolandos from the strings and increasingly
eerie harmonies from the wind
00:18 $ 0.05 USD
19 Steady crescendo in strings; terrifying, downward
spelling-out of chords in the violins
01:37 $ 0.29 USD
20 Extremes of dynamic contrasts; the unsettling, disturbing,
undermining effects of chromaticism
01:02 $ 0.19 USD
21 Abandonment of melody, and most traces even of rhythm;
sustained, discordant harmony
00:20 $ 0.06 USD
22 Storm dispersed, the sun reappears, bathing sodden earth
below with its life-giving rays
01:52 $ 0.34 USD
23 Cue to complete preformance of Fourth Movement 00:09 $ 0.03 USD
24 Fourth movement (complete) 03:55 $ 0.71 USD
 
 
  Composer: Siepmann, Jeremy, Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm 33:22
25 'Yodelling' figure from clarinet, then horn, the violins,
who introduce the main theme
00:59 $ 0.18 USD
26 Details of instrumental magic in the interplay of horns,
cellos, clarinets and bassoons
01:06 $ 0.20 USD
27 Main theme heard three times in a row - and yet never the
same way twice
01:06 $ 0.20 USD
28 Now we get the whole orchestra, playing full out, with
violins all double-stopping
00:36 $ 0.11 USD
29 Transition to the next section, based on the last two notes
of the main theme
00:43 $ 0.13 USD
30 The rhythmic basis of new transition theme, first in violas,
then takes up by first violins
00:38 $ 0.11 USD
31 Another rhythmic details of extended transition comes
increasingly into the foreground
00:29 $ 0.09 USD
32 ...and is then heard in expanded version, taken in sequence
by the strings, from the top down
00:51 $ 0.15 USD
33 New phrase, introduced by violins, brings us resoundingly
back to the opening material
01:13 $ 0.22 USD
34 Main theme, re-orchestrated; unexpected drift into another
key and a new, gently flowing theme
02:15 $ 0.41 USD
35 Hints of a return to main theme; long 'pedal point'; running
commentary from the violins
00:58 $ 0.17 USD
36 Main theme returns, but significantly altered, and not
entirely intact
00:37 $ 0.11 USD
37 Running commentary now heard in the middle, with alternating
pizzicatos both above and below
00:24 $ 0.07 USD
38 Part Three of main theme given to entire orchestra, leading
to final appearance of Theme two
01:21 $ 0.24 USD
39 Extended coda; overlapping variations of main theme, rather
in the manner of a round
02:09 $ 0.39 USD
40 Suddenly the scene changes. A variation of the 'running
commentary' cited in Tracks 34 and 36
00:51 $ 0.15 USD
41 The crowning glory, as the Shepherd's Song of Thanksgiving
takes on a 'heavenly' magnificence
02:10 $ 0.39 USD
42 Cue into complete performance of Fifth Movement through the
'gateway' of the Fourth
01:09 $ 0.21 USD
43 Fourth and Fifth movements (complete) 13:47 $ 2.48 USD
 
  Album total 153:00
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
Siepmann, Jeremy
ReaderSiepmann, Jeremy

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