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Symphony 5 / Symphony 8 "Unfinished"

Beethoven , Schubert , Maazel , Vso Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026P0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No.5, Op.67: I. Allegro con brio
2. Symphony No.5, Op.67: II. Andante con moto
3. Symphony No.5, Op.67: III. Allegro
4. Symphony No.5, Op.67: IV. Allegro
5. Symphony No.8: I. Allegro Moderato
6. Symphony No.8: II. Andante con moto

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this while it is still available January 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have owned this disc for some time but I haven't seen it in the stores for a while which led me to believe it was out of print. Thank goodness it is available. The reviewer from Eugene, Oregon is incorrect in saying this is an analog recording, in fact both works were recorded digitally in one of Sony's first stabs at digital recording (they invented the cd player). The results are thrilling. The sound is spectacular and I love Maazel's direct approach with the 5th. It is raw and biting, just as I imagine Beethoven would have wanted. This performance has been unjustly neglected by the experts who rate cd recordings. The VPO, besides living up to their reputation as the best orchestra in the world, give a little extra here for some reason. I also love how the engineers left the audience applause in the recording. Schubert's "Unfinished" fares just as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent August 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
a not-to-be-missed recording of beethoven's 5th; the clarity and aggresiveness of the vienna philharmonic under maazel's command must be heard to be believed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Fifth January 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard this version of the Fifth on the radio and heard the brilliance through the radio fuzz. The VPO is up to the technical challenge, obviously, and I love Maazel's interpretation. I love the subtlety of the phrasing and the emotional range--he captures the tension and emotional depths of the second and third movements as well as the explosive joy of the fourth. The sound quality is excellent, and you would never know it was a live recording until the applause at the end. Schubert's Unfinished is a nice complement. I also own the BPO van Karajan set and the Dudamel/Youth Orchestra versions. The BPO is lovely in some parts but sounds shrill in others, and that version lacks the emotional range of this one.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular live recording of the 5th March 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Maazel exudes greatness in the excellent live recording of the VPO on tour in Japan. The recording quality is excellent, despite being early 80's analog, live, by a label not normally known for audiophile greatness. The second movement is truly inspiring and is one of my very favorite pieces, ever. The basses really shine here.
Also included is another stellar performance, this time of Shubert's unfinished symphony.
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