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listen  1. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 1. Poco Sostenuto - Vivace14:33Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 2. Allegretto 8:41Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai Meno Presto 9:08Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro Con Brio 8:56Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 1. Allegro Vivace E Con Brio 9:53Album Only
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listen  7. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 3. Tempo Di Menuetto 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 30, 1987)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • ASIN: B000001G92
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Claudio Abbado's fine performance of Beethoven's Seventh is also available at mid-price, coupled to the Fifth. The problem with this full-price issue is that his performance of the Eighth is better than that of the Fifth, but no one really cares about the Eighth Symphony anyhow, making the choice a bit frustrating. The best thing to do would be to forget about Abbado for Beethoven, and go for Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, or Herbert von Karajan (if you want Deutsche Grammophon), and any one of a dozen better versions on other labels. Much simpler that way. --David Hurwitz

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on September 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I can still recall the first time I heard Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. It was a warm summer evening, and I could not get to sleep. I had a clock radio and turned it on to listen to some music. I fumbled across the local classical station which was broadcasting a concert of the Boston Symphony live from Tanglewood. I caught most of the third movement and all of the fourth, and was immediately in love. I could not wait to purchase an LP of the recording for myself (this was 1977, mind you). I took a train into Boston, went right to Jordan Marsh, and found the LP I was looking for, or so I thought. When I got home, I realized I made a mistake. I purchased Symphony #8. After listening to it, I was hardly disappointed. I later did get Symphony #7. My LPs are long gone and I have graduated to compact disks, and I probably have five different versions of the two symphonies. The Vienna Philharmonic recording with Claudio Abbado is hands down my favorite of both works. The Vienna Philharmonic has a great reputation regarding Beethoven, and Abbado's interpretation only adds credence to this reputation.
Symphony #7 is a majestic, powerful piece that has moments of exaltation and sheer beauty. The first movement is playful, the second tranquil, the third, exhilarating, and the fourth and final movement is sheer excitement. Some recordings can either lack the enthusiasm needed for this piece, or sound just plain bombastic, but Abbado has control over the work that allows the music's great possibilities become reality. Many recordings abridge this great work, but this recording is the masterpiece in its fullness.
Symphony #8 is simply playful. Beethoven wanted people to simply enjoy the music, and Abbado seems to enjoy this piece. I am certain listeners will enjoy it too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By zerosykess on March 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD
What a genius Beethoven was ! What a fine cd to own with jubilant sounds from 1812.

The clever first movement of the 7th symphony, to me, is unlike anything else Beethoven did. The second movement is friendly and calm without being lullifying. "Presto", the third movement, is adroit and exultant. The 4th movement is a mixture of all three movements splashed with triumph and thoroughness.

The first and 2nd movements of the 8th symphony have reserved sounds of bourgeoisie and stateliness without being ostentatious. the 3rd movement, the "menuetto" is short, sweet, effective, and befitting with the previous movements. The 4th movement was simply, for me, maybe a bit overactive and choppy, but still fantastic like the rest of the symphony!

Great sound, and production! Abbado and The Vienna Philharmonic did outstanding work with this presentation, but this is what one comes to expect from Deutsche Grammophone!!

Good day friends !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KT on August 26, 2003
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I have just in the last few years acquired a taste for classical music. What sparked the interest was a CD that came into my possession of Beehoven's 7th & 8th, conducted by Claudio Abbado. The CD does not have a case, it vanished long ago (the result of raising three teenagers). Since then I have purchased a few dozen Beethoven CD's, including the entire cycles by Karajan (1963 edition) and Bernstein. Without a doubt the Claudio Abbado 7th and 8th is VASTLY superior for my tastes. It is played with rousing vigor and enthusiasm by the Vienna Philharmonic. While the Karajan's and Bernsteins may be more "classical" by most standards, the Abbado is played with punch, vigor, and enthusiasm. It could be I apprecaited it more being raised on Rock and Roll, but I can clearly hear the differences and make the comparisons without hesitation, and I like what I hear.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Barnard on December 30, 2011
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I've never understood the tendency to play Beethoven as if though he's Mozart. It's so easy to let the great Beethoven symphonies play themselves, with little new ideas. Beethoven's genius keeps his scores from sounding totally lifeless at the hand of a time beater, but why spend time on inferior interpretations?

This is somewhat the way I feel about this disc. I'm an Abbado fan, and the Vienna Philharmonic is an orchestra of the highest rank, but on this disc, our musicians seem to be playing on autopilot. And while Vienna plays effortlessly, Abbado seems unable to have much of anything new to say. Sure, everything is done with the utmost of care, but it can sound rather impersonal. Listening to this disc, this precision kept my interest for the first several minutes, but before I was through the first movement of the 7th, I was looking forward to hearing something else. I wanted something interesting to happen, and now and then the music would catch my attention, but not very often. I don't think that roughness is necessarily the answer in this music, and elegance isn't all bad, but personality is indispensible. I didn't catch much of it here.

Nonetheless, the playing is fine, and for those who don't need their imagination stretched, this disc will do very well.
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "thetaildragger" on January 6, 2000
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I want to respond to the editorialist, David Hurwitz's, opinion. I own a complete Claudio Abbado Beethoven cycle, and it is hardly ideal, but among his peers there is no equal and I'm sick of critics recommending Leonard Bernstein recordings of any kind for any reason! Bernstein missed his calling with the Boston Pops. Karajan did some good stuff, but I wouldn't ever recommend his Beethoven. Karajan was from a well established Salzburg family and thats exactly how he conducts Beethoven. As for Karl Boehm, I'd recommend the Pastoral which has been newly remastered by DG. As far as Abbado's Beethoven goes, it is closer to the powerful spirit of Furtwangler's vision than any other serious conductor today. There is an elitist notion that if you are Italian, you are disqualified from conducting Beethoven. If you are looking for a more recent "faithful" Beethoven, try Gardiner's Missa Solemnis.
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