RECORDING: Beethoven 6 & 8

Posted on February 1, 2010

The fourth and penultimate recording in Manchester Camerata’s Beethoven Cycle, under the baton of the ensemble’s former Music Director, Douglas Boyd.

Manchester Camerata Beethoven 6 and 8     

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8

Douglas Boyd and Manchester Camerata

Catalogue # AV2242

Recorded at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Saturday 30 January 2010 (Symphony No. 6), and Saturday 9 October 2009 (Symphony No. 8)

Recording Producer: Andrew Keener

Recording Engineer: David Hinitt

Editor: Stewart French 

Manchester Camerata lodges the latest release in its acclaimed Beethoven Symphony cycle. Like the previous releases in this cycle these live recordings capture the spirit and freshness of these remarkable, genre-busting works, as well as the excitement, atmosphere and energy of the chamber orchestra under Music Director Douglas Boyd. 

Manchester Camerata has become one of the finest, most innovative chamber orchestras in the UK, and Douglas Boyd has proven to be an eminent Beethovenian. Conducting the composer’s Fidelio at the 2009 Garsington Opera Festival, The Times (London) noted “his grasp of Beethovenian idiom” and “pungent underlining of orchestral detail”, praising the musical performance as “sublime and exultant”.  



Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” (39:55)

1. I Allegro ma non troppo (11:16)

2. II Andante molto moto (11:24)

3. III Allegro (5:01) 

4. IV Allegro (3:37)

5. V Allegretto (8:37)

Symphony No. 8 (24:36)

6. I Allegro vivace e con brio (8:42)

7. II Allegretto scherzando (3:51)

8. III Tempo di Menuetto (4:44)

9. IV Allegro vivace (7:19)

Total Time: 64:31


“Douglas Boyd and his incisive players are particularly good in No 8. In the finale, the exemplary clarity of texture brings out exhilaratingly the subversiveness of the music.” Sunday Times, 23rd October 2011

“Full of pomp and tenderness, and minus Lutheran angst, it’s a guilty pleasure.” The Independent on Sunday, 16th October 2011


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