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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos.2 & 7

Herbert von Karajan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B00000E3E7
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio10:19Album Only
Listen  2. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 2. Larghetto10:01Album Only
Listen  3. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro) 3:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 4. Allegro molto 6:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace11:36Album Only
Listen  6. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 2. Allegretto 8:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai meno presto 7:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro con brio 6:280.79  Buy MP3 


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Seventh. A Strained Second. 20 Mar 2012
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These recordings are derived from Karajan's third complete cycle with the Berlin Philharmonic, recorded mostly in 1977. The Second is beautifully played, but a principal victim of Karajan's weighty approach in this cycle. The scherzo and allegro-trio is altogether too smooth, a more frothy lightness would surely be more appropriate. I think Karajan was making the Second sound bigger than it is.

This Seventh is a true gem. It vies with his Eroica for the most impressive installment of this 1977 cycle. The playing is gorgeous, the emphases just right and the brass and timpani are both allowed their moments to shine. The symphony opens like some great Olympian force, it very much has the feel of a triumphant march. Although Karajan conducted a great, muscular Seventh in 1963, this time around he is even more impressive. Here he is more sedate in the allegretto, but even though the tempos are astonishingly beautiful, the spirit of the dance is never lost. Most surprisingly, the Allegro con brio is given a frantic speed - probably faster than I've heard - and the results are certainly dazzling. However, I still prefer Karajan's earlier effort in this particular movement - sometimes the legato of the playing is at odds with such fast speeds. Overall, a very impressive interpretation that just overtakes its predecessor. You really get the impression that Karajan is getting close to an ideal 'Beethoven sound' in this symphony. Wonderful.

The album deserves five starts because of the Seventh. For the slightly less impressive Second, it gets a four from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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Good quality recording, as you would expect from Deutsche Grammophon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Briilliant Beethoven 1 Mar 2014
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An excellent recording fully capturing the spirit and gravity of the composer in very different symphonies. A recording I will regularly play
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances 4 April 2013
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Great performances from Karajan's 1977 set. In generally that little bit more powerful than 1963 though the earlier set is more lithe. So swings and roundabouts. But great Beethoven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dance or Go Mad 3 Oct 2011
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
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Two sayings come to mind when one thinks of the Beethoven Seventh: Wagner described it as the 'Apotheosis of the Dance' whereas Weber declared that his fellow composer was nuthouse-bound on the evidence of the first movement. This performance belies and supports these statements.

`Sitting down the back of the bus and all', it's easy to forget this October 1976 performance of the Seventh. Its rival in the '63 set is stellar whereas its digital successor was lampooned for poorly articulated rhythms (or so it is alleged) in the finale. Be that as it may, this performance warrants airtime. To my mind, it is the best of the trio: it broadcasts why this partnership was famous to the ends of the earth.

One of Karajan's assets as a conductor was his ability to evoke the adrenaline of a live concert in a studio. This Seventh is a prime example: elation is on tap. To the last man, Berlin Philharmonic play as if hooked up to the grid. Blake's Maxim, 'Energy is Eternal Delight' finds its ultimate expression here in the opening Poco sostenuto - Vivace. The Slow Movement could almost be described as a wartime performance - that's how tragic it is. The final two movements are superlatively conceived and executed. Above all, this performance is a celebration of plenitude: a Beethoven who bestrides the earth like a colossus. Therein lies the madness: how did Beethoven carry around this creation in his head whilst he went about his day-to-day chores in Vienna? Worse still, how does a suburbanite listen to it nowadays? It's not as if we live in the Athens of Pericles.

Here, if the dance element is overshadowed by the drama, the virtuosity on display - married to vision - are more than compensatory. And being a recusant, I much prefer the old edition over the newly revised Barenheiter; it flows more organically.

The Second is also beautifully paced. While it is an early work, it can support the weight of such an interpretation. Again, the Berliners play it freshly and with immense horsepower.

Deutsche Grammophon has hitherto failed to remaster the entire '77 cycle, the exceptions being 5, 6 and 9 Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 9. Even so, in this instance the Yellow Label should not be accused of penny-pinching: the late '80s remastering was so damned successful, why not direct efforts elsewhere? Indeed, this disc sounds better than the original LPs.

There are plenty of 'skim milk' Beethoven Sevenths in circulation - ho hum. This is full fat - joyfully, defiantly and elatedly so.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Seventh. A Strained Second 20 Mar 2012
By Ryan Kernaghan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These recordings are derived from Karajan's third complete cycle with the Berlin Philharmonic, recorded mostly in 1977. The Second is beautifully played, but a principal victim of Karajan's weighty approach in this cycle. The scherzo and allegro-trio is altogether too smooth, a more frothy lightness would surely be more appropriate. I think Karajan was making the Second sound bigger than it is.

This Seventh is a true gem. It vies with his Eroica for the most impressive installment of this 1977 cycle. The playing is gorgeous, the emphases just right and the brass and timpani are both allowed their moments to shine. The symphony opens like some great Olympian force, it very much has the feel of a triumphant march. Although Karajan conducted a great, muscular Seventh in 1963, this time around he is even more impressive. Here he is more sedate in the allegretto, but even though the tempos are astonishingly beautiful, the spirit of the dance is never lost. Most surprisingly, the Allegro con brio is given a frantic speed - probably faster than I've heard - and the results are certainly dazzling. However, I still prefer Karajan's earlier effort in this particular movement - sometimes the legato of the playing is at odds with such fast speeds. Overall, a very impressive interpretation that just overtakes its predecessor. You really get the impression that Karajan is getting close to an ideal 'Beethoven sound' in this symphony. Wonderful.

The album deserves five starts because of the Seventh. For the slightly less impressive Second, it gets a four from me.
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