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Beethoven/Symphony No.7 [Import]

Lso/Dorati Audio CD

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 1. Poco sostenuto - VivaceLondon Symphony Orchestra15:03£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 2. AllegrettoLondon Symphony Orchestra 8:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai meno prestoLondon Symphony Orchestra 8:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro con brioLondon Symphony Orchestra 9:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Overture "Leonore No.3", Op.72bLondon Symphony Orchestra13:56£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Music to Goethe's Tragedy "Egmont" op.84London Symphony Orchestra 8:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Overture "The Consecration of the House", Op.124London Symphony Orchestra10:30£1.49  Buy MP3 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven's 7th In Dorati's Hands: A Winner 5 Oct 2005
By Rudy Avila - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Antal Dorati was largely underrated because he was overshadowed by such eminent, brand-name composers as Karajan, Bernstein, Mehta and Solti. But Dorati's legacy lives on through copious record albums that have been digitally remastered, taken from their original LP's which date as far back as the 50's. Dorati was no stranger to Classical, Romantic and 20th century repertoire as his records attest. He once recorded all of Franz Joseph Haydn's symphonies. On print and commerciallt available are Beethoven's 5th and 6th symphonies. And then there's one.

Beethoven's 7th sounds fresh, powerful, vibrant and beautiful. It is Beethoven's most danceable symphony, almost an extended ballet. The rich, lilting melodies caress our ears and the allegro and adagio of the fist movements are treated with sensitivity and grandeur by the London Symphony Orchestra, which Dorati guest conducted. The finale allegro con brio is extremely lively and miraculously performed in a balanced pace. Karajan's rendition of this finale sounds too fast. Only Solti is possibly the best. Dorati captures the spirit of the work well. As a bonus, this CD features a Leonore Overture, one of the many overtures written during the making of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio. A sign of his perfectionism, the Leonore Overtures attest to his revisionist attitude before finalizing a work. The Egmont Overture is grand and romantic and sounds terrific on here. The Consecration of the House is also great on here. This music was written for the opening of a theater in Vienna that still stands today. Antal Dorati fans will want to get this recording along with the many other Dorati albums.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 11 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the most exciting Seventh I know of (and, yes, I am familiar with the refined Kleiber reading which is also wonderful). Here, there is so much of the drama and punch that I feel is necessary with Beethoven. The engineering and remastering teams must also receive full marks. Since this is an older recording there is some tape hiss present, but the orchestral sound is so vivid that the recording could have been made yesterday.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One minor quibble... 24 May 2000
By J. Buxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent Seventh and the Mercury sound is captured marvellously. The most impressive thing is the sound of the strings, very vivid and alive. It sounds like you are in the concert hall. Also, I must point out the overtures in particular are outstanding on this disc, and the Leonore no. 3 stands out even more. This has to be one of the finest accounts on disc, and the huge chord that comes just a few bars before the end is earth shattering and will shake the room (if you play it at the volume required!). Nevertheless, I have one problem that keeps this from being a five star recommendation: where are the brass? Perhaps due to the three mic system employed by Mercury, the brass are not heard very well at all and it is important in my opinion to hear the brass clearly in these works. Other than that, fine accounts of these works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collector item! 5 Oct 2013
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album not only captures Dorati in one of his most inspired moments; it reveals by itself the reason of his talent after his tenure with the Minneapolis.

This Seventh possesses that ambitious propulsiveness and mercurial drive one requests. On the other hand, I should cite we are in presence of the BEST performance of the Consecration of the house EVER RECORDED.

The Egmont is fabulous too. But if you consider the fact the level of this marvelous Seventh and this historical Consecration, this album must be part of your invaluable collection.

Don't leave it aside.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars *** 1/2 Shipshape readings in good sound, but neither here nor there as interpreations 12 Jun 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to know how to assess Dorati's Beethoven, because his middle-of-the-road interpretation almost literally straddles the line between Toscanini's kinetic Beethoven and the traditional respectful Mittel Europa approach. Dorati may have been Hungarian, but he wasn't fiery; he had the good luck to make a hi-fi spectacular of Wellington's Victory complete with Cannons recorded at West Point - an LP I adored as a young teen. That bestseller, abetted by Mercury's reputation for sonics, is the basic support of this Beethoven Seventh, which otherwise would be a no-show compared with Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Sym. from the same era, still one of the best choices. The London Sym. plays well, and the conducting is shipshape throughout.

The real problem is that dorati can't find anything memorable to do. Tempos are conventional, the energy level is unremarkable (unlike the young Carlos Kleiber), and there's no sense of authority as with Karajan. the best movement is the fast finale, done with a nice sense of propulsion, if not the blazing excitement of Karajan's famous version in his first Beethoven cycle for DG. The fillers proceed in the same vein of musical competence plus good sound. As they've aged - and been turned into digital transfers - the remarkable nature of Mercury's sonics doesn't seem as evident as in the past, but in this case one potential defect, shrill treble, has been avoided.
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