Scherchen's Beethoven was one of the glories of the old Westminster LP catalogue, and it's wonderful to have them back, if only to vindicate memories of a bracing Pastorale and one of the most exciting Eroicas ever made. For all of today's obsession with following Beethoven's metronome markings, Scherchen got there first. In 1958, he sets a torrid pace and does it with more expression and feeling than most of today's groups can muster. By the end of the first movement, he leaves you limp. The famous "funeral march" flows nicely, never plodding. Scherchen doesn't have to milk sentiment to convey the emotional content. The Scherzo's a real roller-coaster ride, and the Finale bristles with power. This great Eroica is coupled with an excellent Pastorale. The opening "arrival in the country" is bursting with fresh expectancy. In the second movement, the brook bubbles merrily, flowing even faster than Toscanini's. The rest of the work is full of original touches. The early stereo sound holds up well. Even if you know these symphonies well, you need to hear Scherchen. --Dan Davis
Sym No.3 in E flat Op.55 'Eroica': 1. Allegro Con Brio
Sym No.3 in E flat Op.55 'Eroica': 2. Marcia Funebre. Adagio Assai
Sym No.3 in E flat Op.55 'Eroica': 3. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace
Sym No.3 in E flat Op.55 'Eroica': 4. Finale. Allegro Molto
Sym No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale': 1. Awakening Of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival In The Country:..
Sym No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale': 2. Scene By The Brook
Sym No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale': 3. Merry Gathering Of Country Folk: Allegro
Sym No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale': 4. Thunderstorm: Allegro
Sym No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale': 5. Shepherd's Song: Happy And Thankful Feelings After The Storm...