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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Schubert: Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
These two classical symphonies receive remarkably good performances that can withstand comparison to other fine recordings. Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5," performed by Richard Edlinger and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, is sensitively and sensibly played in a lean style approximating period practice as advocated by the Hanover Band and John Eliot Gardiner. Tempi are brisk and timbres are rather close to the bright and spare sound of authentic instruments, although it is likely that the Zagreb Philharmonic uses modern instruments, lacking indications to the contrary. Attention is paid to the specifics of the score and energy is placed above sentiment, making this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
These two classical symphonies receive remarkably good performances that can withstand comparison to other fine recordings. Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5," performed by Richard Edlinger and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, is sensitively and sensibly played in a lean style approximating period practice as advocated by the Hanover Band and John Eliot Gardiner. Tempi are brisk and timbres are rather close to the bright and spare sound of authentic instruments, although it is likely that the Zagreb Philharmonic uses modern instruments, lacking indications to the contrary. Attention is paid to the specifics of the score and energy is placed above sentiment, making this recording a refreshing surprise for listeners who may be skeptical. Schubert's "Symphony No. 8," the "Unfinished," performed by Michael Halasz and the Slovak Philharmonic, also bears comparison to better known performances, such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt's. Again, the orchestra's sound is rather close to that produced by period instruments, and the informed interpretation is focused on reproducing the score's details faithfully, without excessive rubato or ponderous exaggerations at climaxes. The woodwinds are particularly delightful, especially in the poignant Andante con moto. Naxos should be proud of this disc, as it represents the label at its best, both in terms of superb recording and excellence in performance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/1994
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099528924
  • Catalog Number: 550289

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Richard Edlinger (32:12)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byRichard Edlinger
    Performed byRichard Edlinger, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 1Allegro con brio
    2. 2Andante con moto
    3. 3Allegro
    4. 4Allegro
  2. 5–6 Symphony No. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished"), D. 759 - Franz Schubert & Michael Halász (25:52)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Conducted byMichael Halász
    Performed byMichael Halász, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 5Allegro moderato
    2. 6Andante con moto
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