- Includes FREE MP3 version of this album Here's how (restrictions apply)
Other Sellers on Amazon
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 Original recording reissued
|Listen Now with Prime Music Join Prime||Prime Members|
Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 5 & 7
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
Top Customer Reviews
Kleiber shares one characteristic with the late Leonard Bersnstein - he makes all music interesting. How many times has the average musician in the Vienna Philharmonic performed these two most popular of Beethoven's symphonies? As a symphonic musician myself, I would venture that most of them have long ago lost count. Each player has performed these symphonies scores, if not hundreds of times in his career - under the batons of conductors ranging from the memorable to the pedestrian to the ...
It is said that this venerable and legendary orchestra is incapable of a poor performance, no matter what overdressed ... may be standing upon the podium, spastically flailing away. But the curse and greatest fear of every seasoned orchestral musician is not that his or her playing skills may fail him. His greatest fear is BOREDOM! How many times can you perform Beethoven's 5th and 7th symphonies until you have nothing left to say? Until there is nothing left to discover? Until you step on your ya-ya and miss a repeat in the third movement because you were thinking about your tanking marriage, your disintegrating old jalopy, your pregnant and ...15-year-old daughter - anything except where you were supposed to be, intensely focused on your music?Read more ›
In the Seventh, Kleiber is still terrific, but perhaps not so clearly ahead of his competitors. My main quibble is that he has the violins play the last phrase of the second movement pizzicato - and to my ears, the effect is jarring. Walter, Solti, and Muti deliver performances which can compete with Kleiber's here - but this is incontestably a distinguished recording. Having both of these performances on one CD for such a small price makes it a no-brainer. Buy it!
The current reissue is, for SACD, reproduced in five-channel SurroundSound with three distinct front channels and two rear surround channels. The sonic picture is at least 100 percent improved from the 30-year-old original with the greatest improvement in the mid ranges affecting timpani, bassoon and other lower instruments. The mid range improvement also helps the Vienna Philharmonic horns sound even more glorious than they were on the stereo edition.
Musically, this CD has been hailed as one of the greatest Beethoven recordings in history from the day it arrived in 1976. It is still one of the great recordings available of these two titanic symphonies and the sound improvement makes it a clear first choice for the Symphony No. 5. Many people were always put off by Kleinber's perhaps too direct approach to the Symphony No. 7 and nothing here will mute that criticism.
If you want an upgrade in this music or just want to sample the marvel known as SACD, this recording fits the bill. The upgrade from the three decade old original is wonderful and all the original intensity of attack is maintained. Even if you are more interested in technology than musical content, there is no reason to hesitate.
Sonics: The Kleiber recording was never one of DG's best--edgy, a bit thin, lacking in warmth. In its "Originals" reissue things are improved but not drastically so. However, neither Karajan nor Bernstein sounds appreciably better, the main difference being that these conductors asked for heavier weight in the lower part of te orchestra and were given wider stereo by the engineers. There is still some shrillness in the strings at loud volume on all three CDs. I would say that Karajan's latest SACD remastering gives him the edge. The trumpets at the beginning of the finale, for example, sound more exciting and easier on the ear.
Tempos: It's remarkable that all three ocnductors hear the Beethoven Fifth at the same tempo in every movement, within a few seconds of each other. (Karajan times out faster in the finale because he skips the exposition repeat, which Kleiber and Bernstien both take). The main exception is Bernstein's first mvoement, which at 8:30 takes a full minute longer than the other two and sounds stodgy by comparison (heard in isolation it comes off as measured and grand, a traditional approach in this movement, except for the ever-fleet Toscanini).
Interpretation: Here is where Kleiber's reputation stands or falls. I think if I played these three recordings blind, the finales would be identical to any listener.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Obviously from one point of view this deserves a full five stars. Well-shaped, committed performances by a great orchestra (whose tonal sheen is enhanced by their great acoustics)... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Long-Time Listener
The recording is first rate and Carlos Kleiber is among the best-ever conductors. How can one do better than to listen Beethoven's Fifth?Published 2 months ago by Ronald F.
I bought this recording the year it was released in Australia in July. THEN I heard that many readings of this over played via media & concert hall, but when I heard this on old... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Bennett
I have several interpretations of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, I think this one is my favorite of all the recordings. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ejr1953
Came earlier than date provided by a few weeks, high quality, no scratches. Solid recording.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer