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listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro con brioCarlos Kleiber 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 2. Andante con motoCarlos Kleiber10:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 3. AllegroCarlos Kleiber 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 4. AllegroCarlos Kleiber10:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 1. Poco sostenuto - VivaceCarlos Kleiber13:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 2. AllegrettoCarlos Kleiber 8:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai meno prestoCarlos Kleiber 8:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (January 23, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GPX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Long regarded as the quintessential interpretation of the most popular and best-loved symphony ever written, this performance of the Fifth has everything: passion, precision, drama, lyric beauty, and a coiled fury in the first movement that sets your pulse racing from the very first note. Carlos Kleiber has made very few recordings in his distinguished career, but almost all are special. If you own no other copy of this symphony, this is the one to get. It comes with an exceptional performance of the Seventh--not quite as gripping as the Fifth, but definitely one of the great ones. There is classical music, and there are classic recordings of classical music. This one's a classic.

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Long regarded as the quintessential interpretation of the most popular and best-loved symphony ever written, this performance of the Fifth has everything: passion, precision, drama, lyric beauty, and a coiled fury in the first movement that sets your pulse racing from the very first note. Carlos Kleiber has made very few recordings in his distinguished career, but almost all are special. If you own no other copy of this symphony, this is the one to get. It comes with an exceptional performance of the Seventh--not quite as gripping as the Fifth, but definitely one of the great ones. There is classical music, and there are classic recordings of classical music. This one's a classic. -- David Hurwitz

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Both symphonies sound great in this performance by Carlos Kleiber and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mike
Never forced, never wilful, there is not a hint of 'interpretation' - just music at its most frightening, at its most beautiful, lyrical... Enjoy!
J. F. Laurson
If someone was a beginning classical music listener and only wanted ONE CD, this is what I would recommend.
Benjamin King

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119 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Stan Vernooy on June 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Fifth is almost certainly the best ever recorded. I haven't heard every single recording, of course, but I've heard just about all of the most famous and frequently recommended ones, and this one is head and shoulders above the competition in my opinion. Kleiber is often thought of as a fast conductor, but he doesn't race the finale as many people do - he allows the triumphant theme to shine in all its majesty. The ending of the first movement had an electric effect on me when I first heard it - he takes no ritard whatsoever. I don't know whether the score calls for one, but I don't care - the unrelenting feeling he imparts to the music at that point is indescribably powerful. Be aware, however, that some people find this performance too angry or grim. Kleiber does not always savor the sheer beauty of the music, but if he had done so it might have slackened the spectacular urgency and exccitement of the performance.
In the Seventh, Kleiber is still terrific, but perhaps not so clearly ahead of his competitors. My main quibble is that he has the violins play the last phrase of the second movement pizzicato - and to my ears, the effect is jarring. Walter, Solti, and Muti deliver performances which can compete with Kleiber's here - but this is incontestably a distinguished recording. Having both of these performances on one CD for such a small price makes it a no-brainer. Buy it!
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131 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Carlos Kleiber has gone on record (sorry about the pun) as intensely disliking recordings, especially loathing the studio recording process, which he thinks, with justification in this poor writer's opinion, distorts and perverts the art of music making. This is the principal reason why the work of this notoriously mercurial and eccentric, but clearly genius-level world-class conductor is so regrettably underdocumented on recorded media, and why most all the recordings that do exist are of his live performances.
Kleiber shares one characteristic with the late Leonard Bersnstein - he makes all music interesting. How many times has the average musician in the Vienna Philharmonic performed these two most popular of Beethoven's symphonies? As a symphonic musician myself, I would venture that most of them have long ago lost count. Each player has performed these symphonies scores, if not hundreds of times in his career - under the batons of conductors ranging from the memorable to the pedestrian to the ...
It is said that this venerable and legendary orchestra is incapable of a poor performance, no matter what overdressed ... may be standing upon the podium, spastically flailing away. But the curse and greatest fear of every seasoned orchestral musician is not that his or her playing skills may fail him. His greatest fear is BOREDOM! How many times can you perform Beethoven's 5th and 7th symphonies until you have nothing left to say? Until there is nothing left to discover? Until you step on your ya-ya and miss a repeat in the third movement because you were thinking about your tanking marriage, your disintegrating old jalopy, your pregnant and ...15-year-old daughter - anything except where you were supposed to be, intensely focused on your music?
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106 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When Carlos Kleiber released his classic Beethoven Fifth in 1975 with the Vienna Phil., it made his reputation overnight, and the recording was greeted as a revelation. At the time I wondered if this was really true, since two older Fifths from the early Sixties, Karajan with the Berlin Phil. and Bernstein with the NY Phil., seemed quite wonderful already. Now I have the latest remastering of each, so I decided to sit down and compare them.

Sonics: The Kleiber recording was never one of DG's best--edgy, a bit thin, lacking in warmth. In its "Originals" reissue things are improved but not drastically so. However, neither Karajan nor Bernstein sounds appreciably better, the main difference being that these conductors asked for heavier weight in the lower part of te orchestra and were given wider stereo by the engineers. There is still some shrillness in the strings at loud volume on all three CDs. I would say that Karajan's latest SACD remastering gives him the edge. The trumpets at the beginning of the finale, for example, sound more exciting and easier on the ear.

Tempos: It's remarkable that all three ocnductors hear the Beethoven Fifth at the same tempo in every movement, within a few seconds of each other. (Karajan times out faster in the finale because he skips the exposition repeat, which Kleiber and Bernstien both take). The main exception is Bernstein's first mvoement, which at 8:30 takes a full minute longer than the other two and sounds stodgy by comparison (heard in isolation it comes off as measured and grand, a traditional approach in this movement, except for the ever-fleet Toscanini).

Interpretation: Here is where Kleiber's reputation stands or falls. I think if I played these three recordings blind, the finales would be identical to any listener.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on May 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Here is the return of one of classical music's most revered recordings in sound that makes it competitive with everything recorded today. I don't subscribe to the audiophile warning given elsewhere on this page, for this recording sounds every bit as good as 2005 first editions recorded with DSD technology.

The current reissue is, for SACD, reproduced in five-channel SurroundSound with three distinct front channels and two rear surround channels. The sonic picture is at least 100 percent improved from the 30-year-old original with the greatest improvement in the mid ranges affecting timpani, bassoon and other lower instruments. The mid range improvement also helps the Vienna Philharmonic horns sound even more glorious than they were on the stereo edition.

Musically, this CD has been hailed as one of the greatest Beethoven recordings in history from the day it arrived in 1976. It is still one of the great recordings available of these two titanic symphonies and the sound improvement makes it a clear first choice for the Symphony No. 5. Many people were always put off by Kleinber's perhaps too direct approach to the Symphony No. 7 and nothing here will mute that criticism.

If you want an upgrade in this music or just want to sample the marvel known as SACD, this recording fits the bill. The upgrade from the three decade old original is wonderful and all the original intensity of attack is maintained. Even if you are more interested in technology than musical content, there is no reason to hesitate.
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