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5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven Symphonies/Dresden/Colin Davis, 5 Nov. 2005
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This review is from: Beethoven: The Symphonies (Audio CD)
Wonderful to have this set available again. Davis is a masterly Beethovenian and the Dresden orchestra is second to none. The Eroica has terrific impact, the Fourth is as joyous as, in their different ways, Monteux or Klemperer’s recordings. The Fifth doesn’t rant but makes its full effect with dignity. The Ninth hasn’t got the best ever line-up of singers but it has its moments. The all-out winner is the Seventh. Davis’s early 1960s recording has long been rightly famous, but this remake beats it on all counts: all repeats are taken, the scherzo is unbelievably airborne and the finale pins you to the back of your seat. At this price it knocks spots off the alternatives from Wand, Masur, Zinman and even Mackerras.
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