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Beethoven - Symphony No.4 CD

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  • Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra
  • Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (6 Mar. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Orfeo
  • ASIN: B000028AY1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphonie Nr.4 B - Dur Op.60: 1 : Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. Symphonie Nr.4 B - Dur Op.60: 2 : Adagio
3. Symphonie Nr.4 B - Dur Op.60: 3 : Menuetto. Allegro vivace
4. Symphonie Nr.4 B - Dur Op.60: 4 : Allegro ma non troppo
5. Symphonie Nr.4 B - Dur Op.60: (Applause)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Klingsor Tristan VINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2012
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What an extraordinary performance of Beethoven 4 this is.

Beethoven - and especially his symphonies - has become so familiar to us, so much an integral part of Western culture, that it's extremely difficult to imagine the sheer radical newness and differentness of them to his contemporaries. Today we are reduced to discussions about the feasibility and/or desirability of Beethoven's metronome markings, the ideal bore for a period brass instrument, Furtwangler's febrile twisting and turning of tempi vs. Toscanini's rhythmic precision, Klemperer's slowness vs. Norrington's speed and so on. The shock and awe of the original is hard, if not impossible, to recapture.

But Kleiber and his Bavarian players come closer than anyone else, I think, in bringing us up short and reminding us just how startlingly original Beethoven could be. The 4th has long vied with the 7th in my affections as my favourite Beethoven symphony (not necessarily the best, though the 7th can lay strong claims to that too, but certainly favourites). It is their incredible rhythmic vitality and their inherent tensions that I always find so invigorating and exciting. And that is precisely the strength of this performance.

In many ways, the Fourth is the most classical of Beethoven's mature symphonies - in form if not in content. The opening movement has a slow introduction, then an exposition with repeat (which it doesn't get here, incidentally) and a modified recapitulation; Beethoven actually calls this Scherzo a minuet, even though it might have raised a few eyebrows among that dance's advocates in the baroque era; and there's a finale that mixes classical rondo and sonata forms. But, within that classical frame lurks something wonderfully subversive and original.
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