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Beethoven - Symphonies Nos 1 & 5 (LSO, Haitink) Live
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Beethoven again raised the expressive force of the symphony with the Fifth and introduced a theatrical element to it. Beginning with the most famous phrase in classical music and one of the most joyous, uplifting movements as a finale it is an exhilarating experience.
Beethoven didn't complete his first symphony until he was almost 30 and it marks the beginning of his remoulding of the Symphony away from the Classical ideals of Haydn.
'An excellent Fifth ... Such instinctive, unostentatious musicianship is as rare now as it ever was' -- Gramophone Magazine (UK), November 2006
'Haitink's unfailing musicality and sense of proportion make this Beethoven 5 a modern-day reference much like the Klemperer 10in LP fifty years ago'
-- HiFi News (UK), November 2006
'simply masterful Beethoven ... Capped by a magisterial account of the Ninth Symphony, this is the Beethoven set for our time. Even if you already have umpteen other recordings of these works, you really owe it to yourself to hear this new set. It's a deeply satisfying musical experience' -- Chicago Tribune (US), 13 October 2006
'without being quirky Haitink presents it in a way that feels utterly fresh ... the results are exhilarating'
Performance ***** Sound ***** --BBC Music Magazine (UK), November 2006
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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.
Of the three versions of this recording 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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Thankfully, there is little about Haitink's performance of the 1st symphony that I find disappointing. This is a young Beethoven that still has a lot of youthful vigor and a sense of freshness. Haitink's approach work wonderfully here; he's engaging and fun, allowing this symphony to come across unburdened. While Beethoven doesn't have his later maturity, there is something extremely catchy about his early works. Haitink obviously realizes this and gives an appropriately cheerful reading. I particularly enjoy that period aspects Haitink incorporates into this symphony; there is a Mozartian elegance here, but Haitink lets Beethoven's wit in as well.
Haitink's vision isn't quite as convincing in the 5th. I get the sense that he's still thinking early Beethoven--it's as if though he doesn't see how much structure and drama are encapsulated into this work. The ever-famous Allegro con brio, is exciting, to be sure, but it's in a very controlled way and not one that lets you hear much of the fate. The same can be said of the rest of the symphony. I'm not left kneeling at the feet of the world's great symphonist; instead, I'm noticing how much detail and beauty is in this work. And as much as I might miss the greatness of the work, it would be unfair to not point out how convincing the detail and beauty is. It's really quite phenomenal. For that reason, I'll be coming back to this rendition every so often. What's not to be questioned is Haitink's individuality. I'll leave the final say on it's success up to you, the listener.
If you want to check this out, I would recommend getting the whole set as an MP3 download, which is extremely cheap: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 [Special Edition] [Hybrid SACD] [Box Set]
Everything flows pleasantly along without undue disturbance of the smooth surface (this applies to all three conductors), and although Beethoven's drastic metronome markings aren't adhered to, the pace is far from what Furtwangler or Klemperer knew as Beethoven. There's no thunder in the first movement of the Fifth, no mystery in the transition form the Scherzo to the finale, no heart-stopping ovation when the brass enters in the finale. So I guess everything is in place.
Haitink can't quite bring himself to jump in the water and deliver a period performance of the Sym. #1. He jogs right along, however -- no matter that the introduction to the first movement is makred Molto Adagio -- with a particularly quick dispatch of the slow movement. The LSO doesn't sound as alert as in other installments of this cycle, but they play nicely; you don't get the impression that Beethoven is being deliberately trivialized, which is good.
In all, this is a typical chapter in Haitink's new Beethoven from London, for better or worse. In all fairness, the British critics were very happy.
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