Reference Recordings proudly presents the beloved Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” of Ludwig van Beethoven, with Steven Stucky’s “Silent Spring,” in exceptional performances from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “Silent Spring” was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book “Silent Spring”, the seminal work by Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson. The music, like the book, can be heard as a call to action to love and to save nature and the earth.
This release is the thirteenth in the highly acclaimed Pittsburgh Live! series of Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD releases on the Fresh! imprint from Reference Recordings. This series has received Grammy Nominations in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022. Their recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5 /Barber Adagio for Strings won the 2018 Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Classical Album.
The album is exclusively available in Stereo and 5 Channel DSD 128, DSD 256 and DXD plus Stereo DSD 512 at NativeDSD.Com
As was reported by noted Beethoven biographer Anton Schindler, the Sixth Symphony was composed in the Nussdorf and Grinzing suburbs of Vienna, between which the Schreiberbach River flows. As Beethoven himself said, “Here I wrote the scene at the brook, and the yellowhammers up there, the quails, nightingales and cuckoos all around have also composed.” It is interesting to consider that Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” which Beethoven also called “Erinnerung an das Landleben” (“Recollections of Country Life”), was written at the same time as the iconic Fifth Symphony. Beethoven even counted the Sixth as the Fifth Symphony for a long time and both were premiered together in the famous four-hour-long Academy concert on December 22, 1808 at the Theater an der Wien with Beethoven himself conducting. As a pair of sisters, the two symphonies form a crowning conclusion to a very fruitful period. And while the two works are opposites in many ways, they also complement each other beautifully.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, Conductor & Music Director
Total time: 00:57:49
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|Release Date||June 3, 2022|
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