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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 / Pittsburgh SO, Manfred Honeck

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Collated from three live concerts recorded and mastered in December 2014 by Soundmirror, the the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the watchful baton of Manfred Honeck present the 5th and 7th Symphonies. The fourth in the highly acclaimed Pittsburgh Live! series of multi-channel hybrid SACD releases on the FRESH! series from Reference Recordings, this release is proof there is always discovery in the well traveled ground of Beethoven's symphonies when played with conviction and passion.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Honeck's Fifth is very "modern" in the sense that tempos are snappy, climaxes are explosive, and the articulation tends to be punchy. The music is always pressing forward, as on a life-or-death mission. It's dramatic and exciting. Honeck manages it all extremely well; this is Beethoven driven by a carefully thought-out, masterly vision that's brilliantly executed. Honeck's interpretation of the Seventh is cast in much the same mold: Beethoven on a grand scale, with a big orchestral sound. I will not complain! He gives the long introduction to I the right tension of expectation, without dragging it out, and the rest of the movement is buoyant and exciting. II has the right funeral- march weight without ponderousness, III is bouncy and kinetic, and the finale has the kind of whirlwind energy that reminds me of Reiner (RCA) and, of course, Vanska.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (12/05/2014-12/07/2014).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  • Conductor: Manfred Honeck
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Conductor: Manfred Honeck
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812
  • Studio/Live: Live