Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 - Live at Carnegie Hall

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 - Live at Carnegie Hall

by John Eliot Gardiner
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 - Live at Carnegie Hall 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KlingonOpera More than 1 year ago
On this CD are performances of Beethoven’s 7th and 5th Symphonies, in that order. Given that the conductor is John Eliot Gardiner, I sat down, ears primed, ready to be overwhelmed by the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique under Mr. Gardiner’s baton. Instead, I found myself a bit disappointed. The opening movement of the 7th seemed to lag ever so slightly in places at first, but picked up nicely when the flute begins its familiar positive tune around 1/3rd of the way through. But the 2nd movement (my favorite) seemed all to thin, the result being that the dynamic tension I was looking for was lacking. The pace of the 3rd movement also seemed just a touch fast which again left me a bit put-off, but the 4th movement was lovely. The 5th Symphony also seemed too “smooth” in places, and a bit too drawn out in others. I also felt that the pace was somewhat uneven, and again the thinness of the sound left me wanting. As to the recording quality, I attribute some of the thinness of the sound to Carnegie Hall itself, as these works were recorded recently. I can’t speak to the caliber of the orchestra itself, as this is the only recording I have of them in aggregate. With respect to this particular CD, if you find Karajan recordings of these pieces to be too thick and heavy then this performance might just be what you are looking for. On the other hand if, like me, you are very satisfied with Karajan-esque performances, then this CD is probably better off being skipped.