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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7 [Hybrid SACD] Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import


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1. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: 1. Adagio - Allegro con brio
2. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: 2. Larghetto
3. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: 3. Allegro
4. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: 4. Allegro molto
5. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
6. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto
7. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 3. Presto
8. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 4. Allegro con brio

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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B001DDY6UI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lance Swanson on September 9, 2008
Of all the CD's in Vanska's Beethoven cycle, this is the one I've been anticipating most of all. The Minnesota Orchestra gives a phenomenal performance of both symphonies on this disc. #7 in particular is loaded with energy and enthusiasm, yet always keeping control. Special kudos go to the horns. I've heard some lackluster performances of Beethoven's symphonies. This is definitely NOT one of those. For anyone who wants a definitive collection of the Beethoven cycle, invest in this series.

I wonder if Osmo Vanska had to strap his baton to his wrist to keep from flinging it into the orchestra during the final movement? It wouldn't surprise me...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Chiles on March 10, 2009
As a CD collector who's listened to a great many SACDs, thought I'd weigh in with my own impression of this fine recording. I believe there are many valid approaches to Beethoven, as different as those from Klemperer (weighty, ponderous, granitic) to Toscanini or Kleiber(lean, exciting) to Walter (mellow & warm) to Bernstein or Furtwangler (emotionally responsive) with room in the middle for approaches like Karl Boehms which were faithful to the score but with more relaxed attacks and a warmer approach from the Vienna Philharmonic. I also find that NO ONE conductor can master EACH symphony. Moreover, some orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic in particular, have a tradition of performing these works with a sound like no other.

I enjoyed this recording very much, particularly the 2nd for some interesting details Vanska reveals in the score that i've not heard elsewhere. The 7th was a fast, lean and exciting performance not altogether different from what i've heard from Kleiber, Toscanini or Szell. The recorded sound on SACD is remarkably lifelike, sounding as if you're sitting in front orchestra center. The strings come across a tad dry but the winds have a great deal of air and warmth about them reflecting the fine acoustics of Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall. I've never heard a concert there, but suspect it's similar and a bit superior to the Kennedy Center Hall which I know quite well. I think anyone who relishes state of the art sound will appreciate thie recording from a technical standpoint. SACD sound from DSD sources boasts a smooth response curve and a warm and deep sonic stage coming from multi-channel sources. It's truly like being there live.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gregory E. Foster VINE VOICE on November 11, 2008
With this release, Vanska comes to the end of his Awesome Beethoven Symphony Cycle...

A Fine Finish it is, too!

Vanska's 7th is a powerhouse of dynamic cohesion throughout, and the horns are just not to be believed....you MUST hear this recording! The sonics are just superb, of course, as are the other recordings in this cycle, and there is a lovely sheen, also, to the strings.

The Second, while most people consider it "fodder", has long been one of my favorites, and here, too, the Minnesota give us a beautiful, dazzling and boyant reading. Naught to complain about, again here!

Do Treat Yourself to this, the crowning jewel of the Vanska/Minnesota Cycle of Beethoven's Symphonies!

Not sure if BIS will be issuing this series in a single box, but that SURE would be nice...I'd certainly re-purchase it in that format, if they do!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prescott Cunningham Moore on August 15, 2009
Having gone through various performance-techniques of Beethoven in my previous review of Vanska's "Pastorale," I'll spare the reader and simply state this is a very special Seventh. There are too many fantastic moments to point out individually, but some deserve highlighting. Just listen to how Vanska creates tension in the opening introduction not by quick tempos but by careful, calculated articulations in the running scale figures. This is one of the few introductions that creates a real contrast not only between the introduction and the vivace, but between the various mood shifts in the introduction as well. This attention to articulation carries over into the vivace, where Vanska's moderate tempo allows the orchestra to really articulate the dotted rhythms to full effect. In the allegretto, Vanska careful phrasing creates an idiomatic, but never mannered, sound that is exactly what Beethoven intended in this music. The Scherzo is just as delightful; just listen to how magnificently Vanska shapes the trio. And the Finale illustrates how playing the music fast is just as important as forceful accents, attention to Beethoven's detailed part writing, and really supporting the sound with a solid string foundation.

The second is equally fine. Vanska fully justifies some of his unusual choices in the introduction, supported by the fabulous playing of the Minnesota orchestra. The largo is dreamy, but never slow or tepid. The scherzo is full of pomp and energy, but retaining its quirky humor. And the Finale is just as energetic and exciting as anyone could ask; just listen to how characterful the dialogue is between bassoon, oboe, and flute, how each instruments ducks and weaves through the texture. It's absolutely marvelous.
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