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Beethoven - Symphonies 3 and 8

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-1516 SACD
EAN 7318599915166
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2006
Total time 76'16


Classics Today: outstanding.

Few Beethoven cycles have gotten off to such a promising start as that of Osmo Vänskä conducting the Minnesota Orchestra. Since its release last year, BIS-SACD-1416: Symphonies No. 4 and 5 has garnered distinctions and top marks all over the world. Making the disc its Editor’s Choice, The Gramophone described it as ‘fiery, elegant, bristling with character’ adding ‘This is impressive Beethoven’, while the critic in Financial Times called it ‘the modern Beethoven recording par excellence’ and the reviewer in Le Monde de la Musique favourably compared Vänskä’s ‘incisive examination’ of the scores with the interpretations of ‘Norrington, Hogwood, Brüggen, Harnoncourt, Gardiner and Rattle’.
The quality of the recording as well as the sound reproduction also received much praise and was described as being ‘state-of-the-art’ and ‘of demonstration quality’.

The eagerly awaited second instalment is now ready for release, and will most certainly create just as much excitement. The orchestra and Vänskä – who recently extended his tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra until 2011 – have, if possible, become even more attuned to each other, and together create a performance of the Eroica Symphony which is as close as possible to perfection in the details without ever losing sight of the longer lines – or the drama of the Funeral March!
Symphony No. 8 provides a lighter relief, as well as ample opportunity for the Minnesota strings to shine in the notorious fast Finale. All in all an intense musical experience, leading up to Symphony No. 9, recorded in January 2006 and planned for release in the autumn.
 
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  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Symphony No.3 in E flat major, Eroica, Op.55 49'39
01 I. Allegro con brio 16'58
02 II. Marchia funebre 15'07
03 III. Scherzo 5'56
04 IV. Finale 11'38
 
  Symphony No.8 in F major, Op.93 25'16
05 I. Allegro vivace e con brio 9'06
06 II. Allegretto scherzando 4'05
07 III. Tempo di Menuetto 4'48
08 IV. Allegro vivace 7'17
 
  Album total 76'16
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
ConductorVänskä, Osmo

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