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Live at Carnegie Hall: Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 7


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  • Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
  • Conductor: John Elliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SDG
  • ASIN: B0090OPC00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nearly 20 years after their acclaimed Beethoven Symphonies recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre R+ªvolutionnaire et Romantique returned to this repertoire for the first time last year, in a tour that took them to London, Philadelphia, Washington and New York. The concert in Carnegie Hall was broadcast live by WQXR, who kindly agreed to make the recording available on our label. Performing on period instruments, the ORR brings brisk energy, as well as a genuinely thrilling sound.

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Despite this persistent unease I have loved the Gardiner cycle of Beethoven symphonies from the bottom of my heart ever since its first release in 1994.
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In short, no matter how often you've heard and loved these great works, this is fabulous music making by great musicians at the top of their game.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William N. Gross on November 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This sounds like a totally unedited live performance and it IS live in every sense of the word. It is blood coursing through your body when passions run high. Its concise, its exciting. I love the sound quality of the period instruments. You get the sense of listening to an old analog recording because of the warmth and balance, but its digital of course so the detail is all there-just a superior listening experience that makes you glad to be alive.
Conductor John Gardiner shows fantastic musicianship and keeps a vital, brisk pace, much faster than any recording I am familiar with (though now I'm going to seek out the earlier recordings of Gardiner with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique) and much less varnished so the pieces can breath. The instruments seem to be talking much more to each other, strings and brass are less isolated. I think what really comes out in these recordings is the punctuation that percussion provides while not being any more forward in the mix, and an earthier tone overall. It is like Beethoven is coming up to you and saying "THIS is what I MEANT!"
I've got a few recordings of these symphonies on vinyl, but even the tonal warmth of that medium doesn't quite match this release. I feel like I got a new set of ears for Christmas.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 2muchtime@computer on November 29, 2012
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I heard this version of #7 on the radio yesterday and it was astonishing. Not everyone may agree with all of Gardiner's musical decisions, but it had me riveted, to use a cliche (particularly the third movement). As the other reviewer mentioned, very LIVE. I'm going to order the CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hannibal on December 9, 2012
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Another disc combining Beethoven's Fifth and Seventh? - It hardly seems possible, doesn't it? And yet a friend urged me to get it. He had heard it live in Carnegie Hall a couple of years ago and if memory served, he assured me I wouldn't regret it. I protested that I already had so many versions and was happy with the likes of Reiner, Kleiber, Klemperer, and there's a new one from Dudamel which I haven't heard yet,etc...And anyway, wasn't this with Gardiner's antique instrument orchestra which makes all those screechy, funky sounds?....Well, he wore me down, - and believe it or not, AM I GLAD HE DID!

Folks, I'm going to make this brief. Let me assume you've heard these essential warhorses countless times before, even if not in this over-done coupling. However, you are almost certainly unlikely to have ever heard performances as exciting as these two! I mean when this disc concludes with the great C Minor, you are likely to jump out of your seats with such a roar of applause that your neighbors will ring your door bell to find out what's been going on!

IT'S SIMPLY THRILLING! Brilliantly played by the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, led by John Eliot Gardiner, who has the players performing with the accuracy of the modern Chicago Symphony Orchestra, despite the difficulties presented to them by their early instruments, and with a passion of a Toscanini-like intensity.

In short, no matter how often you've heard and loved these great works, this is fabulous music making by great musicians at the top of their game. At the same time you'll hear Beethoven as you are unlikely to have heard him before. BUY IT.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yi-Peng on January 10, 2013
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I know there has been, and will always be, unease with the revisionist historically-sensitive versions of the core classical repertoire. The Beethoven symphonies are no exception. I am aware that people are unhappy with the zippy, dapper presentation of such hallowed, profound music. Despite this persistent unease I have loved the Gardiner cycle of Beethoven symphonies from the bottom of my heart ever since its first release in 1994. Though there have been many other Beethoven cycles in the past two decades I have seen that this holds up very well among cycles with historically sensitive traits. The good thing about Gardiner and the ORR is that they were "late pioneers" of this approach to Beethoven and had time to smooth out the rough edges of Hogwood, Norrington and Goodman's recorded performances (i.e. they were late in the learning curve among the pioneers). Yet they still sound perfectly musical to my ears, playing with stylistic accuracy and musical honesty, punching above their weight to sound beefy, yet about-turning for tender passages. In fact in recent years I have found myself liking the Gardiner cycle more and more because I have seen that the tempo choices of Gardiner and the ORR are occasionally slower than Beethoven's marked speeds, and Gardiner still allows the music to breathe despite keeping to the fast markings.

This new diptych of Beethoven's 5th and 7th symphonies was done during a live concert in Carnegie Hall in 2011, but only released recently from radio recordings on Gardiner's own Soli Deo Gloria label. It is wonderful to have the chance to hear how Gardiner sounds almost 20 years after he and the ORR did their DG Beethoven project. Gardiner may have gained in age but yet his approach is still the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast on July 30, 2013
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I have not been a great fan of Gardiner's Beethoven symphony set. It's OK but i never found it as special or even as revolutionary as many. Much of it seemed a little two dimensional to me. This live recording is 100x better! It is still Gardiner's Beethoven and the interpretations haven't changed that much. But it is all "bedded in". There is so much more telling interpretive detail and shaping, the parts work together so much more effectively. The recorded sound (and the playing!) are both excellent. These really are first rate and very striking accounts of two very frequently played works. They earn their place even in collections with many fine recordings of these works.
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