Beethoven - Symphonies No.5 & No.7
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Cat No: SDG717
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st October 2012
ArtistsOrchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique
ConductorJohn Eliot Gardiner
Sir John Eliot’s Gardiner’s reading of these familiar pieces highlights their revolutionary origin. Performing on period instruments, the ORR brings light, clarity and brisk energy, as well as a warm and genuinely thrilling sound.
The Seventh, famously described by Wagner as the “apotheosis of the dance”, stands out by its sheer physical energy, expressed in its many obsessively repetitive passages. The Fifth, often considered to be a deeply personal piece, also reveals echoes of revolutionary songs.
The album is packaged in a digipack and contains a 36 pages booklet with original notes by BBC presenter and music journalist Stephen Johnson.
Recorded live in Carnegie Hall, New York City in October 2011.
Press acclaim for the 2011 tour:
“The Allegretto was sinuous and haunting, the finale joyously visceral. And from fate’s knock at the onset of the Fifth Symphony, Mr. Gardiner wrought Beethoven fresh and strange, with gutsy, brash and rasping instrumental voices united in triumph.” – The New York Times
“A galvanic, no-holds-barred performance... The conductor teased out details in Beethoven’s scoring that made the music sound at once inevitable and new to the ear” – The Washington Post
“It was revolutionary, it was romantic, it was wonderful” – The Times *****
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