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Typically excellent Beethoven, desert island Wagner
This Beethoven 4th has been on most shorlists since first released, and now has the best sound ever. The Wagner, an apparent farewell appearance with the Maitre's former band, shows how much we missed when bookers and record producers forced Monteux to play and record much more French repertoire than he wanted. Here is Wagner's most humane and tender music, sung on one sublime breath, like chamber music, which is how it was written. This wonderful Monteux completes my holy trinity for this work, along with Walter and Solti (only one Wiener Philharmoniker to a part).
Artist(s): Conductor - Pierre Monteux
Orchestra for Beethoven - London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra for Wagner - The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Released by RCA 1965
Beethoven Symphony No. 4 In B-Flat Op. 60
1 Adagio; Allegro Vivace 12:38
2 Adagio 9:15
3 Menuetto: Allegro Vivace; Trio: Un Poco Meno Allegro 5:44
4 Allegro Ma Non Troppo 6:32
5 Wagner: Siegfried Idyll 16:43