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Beethoven: Symphonies [Hybrid SACD]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Recording... immaculate. ... a superb conclusion to a worthwhile cycle.

Gramophone Magazine
What is truly outstanding here is the transparency of the texturing and the meticulous integration of phrase shape and accent within the rhythmic continuum. Everything is audible but since Vänskä is not a didactic conductor nothing is italicised or underlined.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This coupling of the Second and Seventh symphonies points up what Rob Cowan has called Vänskä's ability to 'focus the music's rhythmic profile with unwavering control'. Not that the performances are control-orientated. Even where the metronomes are good and speed is of the essence, as in the finale of the Second Symphony, quickness does not preclude ease. In the Seventh Symphony, Vänskä keeps the harmonic drama in as sharp a focus as the rhythmic. The pulse may be quicker, the sound tauter, but the epic first movement breathes here much as Klemperer would have allowed it to breathe... The BIS recording has exceptional clarity, with finely judged reverberation times, and a dynamic range that catches every gradation of the orchestra's scrupulously judged sound profile right down to pianissimi of quite astonishing beauty and restraint.

The Guardian
Both symphonies are played with great care and affection, while Vänskä's conducting is consistently and admirably lucid. The dividends are enormous when it comes to the elusive Second Symphony - few rival versions have quite so effortlessly captured its Janus-faced nature.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Running Time: 32 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1801-1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Running Time: 41 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812