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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 8 / Gardiner (live, November 30 2013)

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
Many of [Beethoven's] markings seem improbably fast, and they have proved to be controversial, to say the least; but John Eliot Gardiner takes them seriously and there are some hair-raisingly quick tempos here...it's possible to feel that a less sweeping performance would have allowed for more clarity of detail and greater weight, but there's no doubting the visceral excitement of the playing.

Oct. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique's founding. 20 years after their acclaimed Beethoven Symphony recordings for DG, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the orchestra continue to revisit this repertoire. The Second's life-affirming energy is at times romantically tender and at other times ferociously determined. Beethoven's adventurous spirit can be heard in the Eighth, which is buoyant and energetic with a spirit of wit and playfulness. The album's 28 pg. booklet contains original notes by BBC presenter and music journalist Stephen Johnson.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Gardiner directs a more or less exemplary account of Beethoven's Second Symphony. The outer movements are swift-moving without being overdriven; textures are lean, detail is pertinent...Gardiner's high-speed performance of the Eighth Symphony is less of a success.

Sunday Times, 12th October 2014
These performances, recorded live at Cadogan Hall last November, are quite brilliant...the whole thing is a delight, and a total vindication of period-instrument Beethoven.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The niceties that come with some performances - a little shaping here, some grace in a wind solo, some playing that is just beautiful because music can be beautiful - are pretty much absent here. In particular I found the slow movement of the Second very quiet and sensitive and musical. It's valuable for you to hear performances like these (or, say, Norrington). This could be exactly what Beethoven had in mind.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cadogan Hall, London (11/30/2013).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique
  • Running Time: 31 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1801-1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 24 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812