Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7 / Herreweghe

> Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 - I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
> Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 - II. Adagio
> Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 - III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace
> Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 - IV. Allegro ma non troppo
> Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 - I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
> Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 - II. Allegretto
> Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 - III. Presto, assai meno presto
> Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 - IV. Allegro con brio

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
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Notes & Reviews:

Pentatone presents the last volume of Herreweghe's Beethoven cycle. "One of the most cerebral of conductors, Philippe Herreweghe always guarantees an intelligent approach and that's in evidence again here. He keeps to Beethoven's metronome markings, strictly obeying the letter of the score. Not that this results in any diminution of power: quite the opposite. As so often, from discipline comes interpretive freedom." - Gramophone on PTC 5186314 (Awards 2009 Editor's Choice)

Classic FM Magazine
Herreweghe's expertise in period-style performance convinces totally: the orchestra sound is crisp and clean, with rattling, war-like timpani and tight-reined, yet decently weighty string sound...In terms of everything that matters - not just style and sonority, but also a true response to the music's endless riches of drama and invention - these performances are as close to definitive as you can get.

Gramophone Magazine
The playing is good enough and the overall approach to both symphonies is quietly convincing...considerate balancing is a laudable attribute - in the Seventh's Allegretto Herreweghe is good at keeping melody and countermelody on equal terms.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: De Roma, Antwerp, Belgium (11/2004).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Running Time: 32 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1807

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Running Time: 41 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812