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5.0 out of 5 stars As great as you remember it to be., 11 May 2004
This review is from: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 (Audio CD)
No point saying much about the performances, - they've been classics of the gramophone for 28-29 years now and deservedly so. Like other reviewers, I’ve loved them in all their incarnations. This one seems to me the best yet. No, the sound may not be as good as some new DSD recordings but its a darned sight better than most. I was sceptical about the surround version but needn't have worried, - it does add noticeable depth and solidity to what was always an impressive recording. I'd still want to have alternative readings for when Kleiber is just too driven for me (and the Pentatone RQR Davis disc is certainly one of those!) but for sheer excitement in these two works, and now for even better sound, Kleiber can't be beat. And isn't it nice to hear DG get something right for a change?!
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Initial post: 30 Mar 2010 11:22:14 BDT
PRogers says:
'Kleiber too driven'? This performance (of the 7th) is exceptional in the control Kleiber exercises. He never lets go and you can hear his will even in the background players. I always thought the first movement was a game of tennis; here it may well be but its played with a valuable china ornament not a rubber ball. there are fractional pauses agonising in their beauty. When I first heard it I held my breath and had goosebumps right down to my feet. Its amazing. Not since Isolde drew breath...

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2015 14:41:10 GMT
This is the first time I have listened to this. Your review is from 11 years ago. You are spot on. Ignore your naysayer. He/she can have their opinion but not to insult you. There are too many trolls around outside Grieg. Ignore them. Tom K.
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