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Symphonies 5 & 7


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  • Orchestra: Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips / Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000040Z2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirk List on January 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This fifth resembles the Haitink/RCOA Eroica. Quick tempi and an unrelenting pulse in the outer movements, a second movement filled with struggle and a third movement on the road to the triumph dramatized in the Finale. I agree with
Klemperer's statement to this effect and can hear it in his best fifth on Testament ( with a fine #4). Haitink is similar and is also helped
by a better orchestra and acoustic. Haitink's outer movements also remind one of Erich Kleiber's RCOA Decca version from
1952. It is also ablaze and uncompromisingly intense, as is EK's RCOA Eroica. That Haitink's versions of #3 and 5
are full peers of Kleiber -and Klemperer's Testament #5- is not puffery, I believe. He has not repeated it on disc, and I don't recommend his LSO series.
the #7 here is very good but not as molten as his #s 3 and 5. Tempi sound perfect, especially in the second and fourth movements and there are many felicities throughout, but here I prefer Munch/BSO/RCA, Reiner/CSO/RCA, Jochum/BPO DG and LSO/EMI, and Klemperer/Testament (not his EMI version-the difference is shocking)
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Bynum on January 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Beethoven
Bernard Haitink

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
(Philips - DDD 1985/1986 - 1990)

This is a superb and superior performance and reading of Beethoven's Fifth. The best I have ever heard. The performance of the Seventh is very good and a worthy interpretation.

This performance of the Fifth deserves a Sixth Star
This performance of the Seventh deserves Four Stars

Overall, this CD rates Five Stars
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By scholarboy on March 8, 2013
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Yes, this is pretty nice, but interestingly I don't think the 5th is better than the 7th, (frankly to me it only soars in the finale), and neither is really outstanding. Haitink, as is his wont, is way too metrically severe, and most often, doesn't let the music breathe, so that there is too often a missing sense of the vitality and structure of the piece. Where rhythmic flexibility would be welcome, such as the first movement of the 7th, it's completely missing, whereas the lack of such flexibility actually benefits the 5th's finale. The 7th's scherzo sings and is properly jaunty, yet the allegretto really leaves me cold, which is nearly impossible to do. The finale is again very good if not really scintillating as it should be. The playing is good, yet the Concertgebouw isn't at the highest world-class level here, and having heard them a few years ago in Carnegie under Jansons I feel they can sometimes sound thick and turgid. But the entire recording isn't helped by Philips engineers with their closely miked, yet too reverberant acoustic. Haitink isn't exactly a Kapellmeister, but he ain't my favorite conductor either, and these are merely better than average run-throughs that shouldn't be so highly praised at all.
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3 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Atherton on January 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In fact, I believe this is the greatest performance of the Fifth ever committed to disc. As a reviewer of the (less well transferred) Naxos edition notes, Strauss anticipated today's historically informed bunch, eschewing the Wagnerisms of Furtwangler and sticking to Beethoven's more classical drama. A reputedly unsurpassed Mozartian, Strauss reminds us that Beethoven never lost his love of Mozart. This Fifth is swift, transparent -- it's simply more musical than any other I've heard.
Sadly, the Seventh is not on this plane, sonically or interpretively. Strauss was notoriously inconsistent. Perhaps having to make a dreadful cut soured him on the project. But the Fifth is another matter. Urgently recommended.
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