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Beethoven: Symphony no 7, etc / Haitink, London SO, et al

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"A blazing performance of the Seventh Symphony that reaches a superbly disciplined and frenzied conclusion." - BBC Music Magazine

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Nothing like having your expectations challenged, especially in Beethoven where interpretative templates tend to settle for good. Past experience of Bernard Haitink in the symphonies left an impression of worthiness and generalised musicality; but the first instalment of the conductor's projected live Beethoven symphony cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra witnesses a significantly increased adrenalin count. As well as being vital and intelligently thought through, Haitink's new Seventh honours all repeats and has the inestimable advantage of spatially divided violin desks, particularly telling in the clear but relatively dry Barbican Hall acoustic. The first movement's bracing rhythms gambol rather than storm and there's genuine tenderness in the Allegretto. The Scherzo's dancing gait and the unforced momentum of the finale is very attractive.

What's strong about the Haitink's excellent Triple Concerto is its sense of architecture, the way Haitink builds the opening tutti so that the climactic passage where winds alternate with strings (2'04") establishes a real sense of arrival.

Interesting Haitink's soloists seem more integrated within the rest of the band than sopme versions, less in terms of sound than overall playing-style: inspired moments include Tim Hugh's rapt opening phrases in the second movement. And James Mallinson's integrated sound-picture for LSO Live is very pleasing.

The Guardian
Aside from the architectural splendour of his performances, the sound he makes from the LSO is something you have to hear



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London, England (11/16/2005/11/17/2005)
  • Running Time: 38 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto"
  • Performers: Lars Vogt (Piano); Gordan Nikolic (Violin); Timothy Hugh (Cello)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London, England (11/26/2005/11/27/2005)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804
  • Studio/Live: Live