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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 / Coriolan / Egmont Overture; Frans Bruggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century


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  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the 18th Century
  • Conductor: Frans Bruggen
  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 13, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000E4ZV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Minstrel in the Gallery on February 7, 2007
This is the only cd I own by the Orchestra of the 18th Century, but I have to say the performances on this cd are absolutely thrilling. While symphony no. 5 could be called the "Stairway to Heaven" of classical music (a great piece but overplayed), Bruggen and company do it justice here. If you are just getting into Beethoven and want to hear what is probably his most famous work, this disc is a great place to start!
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Colin Lawson's liner notes are potentially interesting when he goes back on the rationale of playing Beethoven on period instruments ("by the early 1980's the potential revelations of Beethoven symphonies in historical performance were widely recognized"...) , although I can't always follow his logic, and I `m not sure he unfolds his threads to their end. Citing the scathing comments of Schindler (without mentioning that it is Anton, Beethoven's secretary from 1822 onwards and his early, and controversial, biographer) on the abysmal quality of the Viennese orchestras in Beethoven's time, he just leaves it at that, instead of explicitly concluding that, certainly, "historically-informed performance" should not set it to itself as a goal to emulate the way Beethoven's symphonies were probably heard in Beethoven's time: badly played (although the accusation was often leveled at it by HIP-bashers).

Rather, HIP practice and playing Beethoven on period instruments seeks to offer an ideal that probably was never heard by Beethoven: Beethoven's symphonies has they might have been heard in Beethoven's time and by Beethoven if he had been able to find an orchestra of superior instrumentalists ready to bestow sufficient rehearsal time on their preparation.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter T. Wolf on October 25, 2009
is the conductor being paid like a taxi driver? The qucker he reaches the end of the journey the more he gets? If the orchestra played this any faster you would'nt even know what it was. And I thought Solti rushed things along !! There are much better small orchestra performances than this one, let alone full scale orchestra performances. This is ridiculous.
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