Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 Hybrid SACD, SACD
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Top Customer Reviews
Klieber Beethoven 7 on the radio and was a revelation and I had to get the CD without delay. The clarity of the Vienna Philharmonic playing, the musical line, the sense of architecture ........... lost for words.
I am an avid fan of Arturo Toscanini but Carlos Kleiber in the Fifth and the Seventh makes the Maestro seem half asleep.
Of course the DG 1975 recording quality far out strips the best of Toscanini and is superb.
And then …! Here we have the most glorious transition between movements in all the history of music. The seamless growth from breathless quiet to the explosive joy of the 4th movement can never fail to make the arms rise in triumph. Beethoven saying Bollocks to fate and taking his own life back with a fierce exhilaration that makes one want to shout with him. Kleiber & the Vienna miraculously achieve this with a transparency of sound and unity that comes along in recorded music once in a lifetime. The engineering is equal to the artistry (blindfold, most people would still think it’s a new recording). If you really haven’t heard this version, go out now and buy it. Turn it up on the Hi-Fi and come away a changed person.
The opening 'fate' motif grabbing you instantly, you are transported into an unsurpassed sound world. The famous transition from the 3rd to 4th movements is the most life affirming thing, and in this recording you are carried along with such power, even though tempi are not the quickest, Kleiber and the mighty Wiener Philharmoker manages to knock you for six. To be honest i cant really put it into words - every word i think sounds hollow and meaningless compared to this recording. And then the 7th, oh what joy. The splitting of the violins in the last movement...heaven.
Its the most important piece of music in the history of Western Civilisation, everyone should buy this CD.
Stop reading this just buy it!
The intensity and beauty of these visionary, exciting, interpretations and the virtuosity of the VPO make this a special disc and their main strength for me lies in their fiery dynamism. This is Beethoven playing at white heat. At more detailed level there are many imaginative phrasing details and, as an example, I am always struck by the closing plucked string phrasing at the close of the seventh's slow movement in this performance. The sound is still very good for these blazing performances. My only extremely minor quibble is that I would have welcomed a touch of more warmly recorded engineering to make this disc absolutely perfect. I echo the favourable reviews; this will prove to be essential Beethoven listening for many music lovers who as yet have to still to discover these vital recordings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This interpretation is a true revelation! Up until now, I used to mainly listen to and enjoy Karajan's recording with the Berliner Philharmoniker in all its famous tension and fast... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Flocilde
Apart from a gap between the third and fourth movements where there should be non, its a very good recording.Published 1 month ago by John Trevor Flower
(Odd that, despite my general overall recommendation of this in the first paragraph, and the fact that I simply say it's not my favorite Beethoven 5th, some still need to hit the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Long-Time Listener
As near a perfect reading of these two great symphonies as I can imagine. Some of the most magical moments in recorded music are on this disk. Electrifying.Published 6 months ago by Mr. A. Taylor-Bennett