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Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 7 / Vladimir Jurowski [DVD]

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
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This all-Beethoven concert gathers together the lesser-known Fourth Symphony - composed while Beethoven was enjoying one of the most peaceful times of his life - with the celebrated Seventh. For this performance, filmed live at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Vladimir Jurowski collaborates with the musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, who perform on period instruments, shedding a radically different light on works that we are so accustomed to hearing on modern instruments.

MusicWeb International
this is an excellent performance, and solidly within the sound-world of period performance practice... Throughout the concert the sheer sound of the orchestra is fascinating in and of itself. The winds match up to the strings as equal partners. The natural brass and timpani cut through the textures without being overpowering. The proud period horns in particular sound fabulous... the music making is dramatic, rhythmically alive, often spacious and consistently engaging.

Gramophone
The Seventh Symphony is even better. Jurowski keeps an iron grip on the dancing rhythm of the first-movement Vivace, screwing up the tension with the minor- and major-second clashes in the development section. The flowing tune in the Allegretto is lovingly phrased by the violas and cellos, while the fugato for all the strings is a model of clarity; and I loved the way Jurowski holds back briefly - both times - before the maggiore. As in the Fourth, the finale follows the third movement immediately. The horns are doubled: it's hard to tell with the trumpets, but four players are listed...

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 89 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the age of Enlightenment
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the age of Enlightenment
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1811-1812

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the age of Enlightenment
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1807