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Norrington is Fun and Important,
This review is from: Beethoven: Complete Symphonies (Audio CD)
Everyone needs a Norrington take on Beethoven - especially at such a low price. I grew up on Karajan Beethoven - it nearly killed me off Ludwig for life. Dull, portentous, self important and slow. Unfortunately, most conductors still seem to believe that this is the only way to approach Beethoven. Even the Harnoncourt set suffers this - especially his 9th. Norrington, however, brings Beethoven to life - especially Beethoven the humourist, the imaginative. While this means that the 3rd, 5th and 7th come off a bit light, it means that 2, 4, 6, 8 and most of the 9th are simply glorious. As long as you don't come to these with some idea that Beethoven's music is some sacrosanct "great" text, there is plenty to enjoy and, sometimes, enrage.
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Initial post: 8 May 2009 11:51:22 BDT
Mr. T. Jones says:
Great review - someone with some sense and a sense of houmour! Norrington is a genious.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2011 16:14:42 BDT
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