Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7by Carlos Kleiber, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
If the old analogy holds true -- that Beethoven's symphonies are to an orchestra what Shakespeare's plays are to a theater company -- then the Fifth Symphony is the composer's "Hamlet." And Beethoven's Fifth is just as fiercely concentrated and propulsive as "Hamlet" is hauntingly dramatic and brooding. Carlos Kleiber's celebrated recording is so sharply focused that even if you think you know the music inside and out, you'll think you're hearing it for the first time. None other than Richard Wagner described the Seventh Symphony as "the apotheosis of the dance." It's not hard to hear why, as the entire score -- even the dark and melancholy second movement -- communicates a sense of infectious, balletic vitality. Again, Kleiber's interpretation sweeps the field. Few other versions communicate the joyous energy of the music so effectively.
- Release Date:
- Deutsche Grammophon
- Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67 - Ludwig van Beethoven - Hartmut Pfeiffer - Mary Whittall
- Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 - Ludwig van Beethoven - Hans-Ludwig Hirsch - Hartmut Pfeiffer - Mary Whittall
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I very much enjoy this CD! Fine crisp sound and moving music---I listen to this one over and over!
This is the best 5th and 7th I have heard so far, although I can't pretend to have heard them all. There is a lot of contrast in the sound volume that is dynamic and infectious to the listener. I don't know how close it matches the original score. I just feel that my own sense of Beethoven is remarkably enhanced. The excitement is pure beyond me.