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5.0 out of 5 stars The LSO and Haitink bring Beethoven to Life. Symphony 3 and Leonore overture No.2 (standard version).
The London Symphony Orchestra recorded a complete Beethoven symphony cycle at their resident Barbican theatre between 2005 and 2006, this CD representing symphony 3 and the Leonore Overture no. 2.

There are three versions of this CD. This standard version, a hybrid multichannel SADC version, and a further SADC recording as part of the 6 CD complete symphony box...
Published on 20 April 2008 by Mart

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1.0 out of 5 stars Deep disappointment.
I find this recording far below expectation. It may be that the symphony was recorded "live" in a concert hall which contributes to its dry and non-resonant quality, as well as the marked swings in dynamic, with soft passages almost vanishing, and loud sections harsh and unpleasant -- tympani deafeningly obtrusive.

Altogether, deeply disappointing, and...
Published on 16 Feb. 2011 by David Grant


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The LSO and Haitink bring Beethoven to Life. Symphony 3 and Leonore overture No.2 (standard version)., 20 April 2008
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This review is from: Symphony No. 3, Leonore Overture No. 2 (Haitink, LSO) (Audio CD)
The London Symphony Orchestra recorded a complete Beethoven symphony cycle at their resident Barbican theatre between 2005 and 2006, this CD representing symphony 3 and the Leonore Overture no. 2.

There are three versions of this CD. This standard version, a hybrid multichannel SADC version, and a further SADC recording as part of the 6 CD complete symphony box set. All are of the same performance, recorded on the LSO Live label and combining digital recording methods with a `Live' venue (London's Barbican) to produce absolutely faultless versions of the works.

While I do appreciate the merits and historic importance of some of the many interpretations of Beethoven's symphonies, these LSO ones I think find their way to the top of the ever-increasing pile for several reasons - the recordings are of a stunningly clear quality, even better if played on a SACD player, and the performances are dramatic and enthusiastic but never succumbing to an over-personalised account by the conductor. Bernard Haitink does the job to perfection.

The sleeve notes provide the usual tracklist and times, plus a short analysis on each symphony, a brief biography of Haitink, and a full list of LSO orchestra members. Only one symphony is included on this release - the remaining space on the CD is filled by the Leonore overture No. 2.

Of the three versions I would have to recommend the box set for sound quality, value and completeness, but any of the three provide a compelling and exciting interpretation of the symphonies.

An essential addition to any Beethoven collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deep disappointment., 16 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Symphony No. 3, Leonore Overture No. 2 (Haitink, LSO) (Audio CD)
I find this recording far below expectation. It may be that the symphony was recorded "live" in a concert hall which contributes to its dry and non-resonant quality, as well as the marked swings in dynamic, with soft passages almost vanishing, and loud sections harsh and unpleasant -- tympani deafeningly obtrusive.

Altogether, deeply disappointing, and unworthy of Haitink and the LSO. Should be removed.
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