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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 "Eroica", 6 "Pastorale" & 8; Overtures
Ludwig van Beethoven, Klaus Tennstedt, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 "Eroica", 6 "Pastorale" & 8; Overtures
Genre: Classical
 
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All Artists: Ludwig van Beethoven, Klaus Tennstedt, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 "Eroica", 6 "Pastorale" & 8; Overtures
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Label: EMI Classics
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 11/21/2006
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Styles: Ballets & Dances, Ballets, Forms & Genres, Theatrical, Incidental & Program Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 094637146224
 

CD Reviews

How strange--conventional Beethoven from a great conductor
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 11/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

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I cannot explain how a conductor of riveting Beethoven performances could turn around and produce thoroughly ordinary ones. Anyone who came to Tennstedt's Beethoven symphonies through his studio recordings for EMI--the majority of which are gathered on this budget twofer--would hardly guess at the galvanizing maestro heard on several BBC Legends reissues. Those CDs of the Eroica, Seventh, and Ninth are glorious. These of the Eroica, Sixth, and Eighth lack all distinction.

The London Phil. plays with professional indifference througout, a far cry form their passionate commitment live. Tempos are traditional, except perhaps in the Pastoral, where Tennstedt quickens the pace in the first two movements (as did karajan) without finding the deeper humanity and joy inside the music. Likewise, this Eroica has no flaws but no spark, either. It's Mittel Europa all the way. Things improve only slightly in the Eighth, which sits on the fence, being neither important nor light in style. The lack of mystery and depth in all these performances--as well as in the overtures that fill out both discs--is baffling. I knew that Tennstedt was a variable conductor, but this is almost a personality transformation."