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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, etc / Bernstein
Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, etc / Bernstein
Genre: Classical
 
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All Artists: Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, etc / Bernstein
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 7/24/1990
Genre: Classical
Styles: Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028943104920

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Ludwig's Continuing Assault
mencken61 | Metairie, La. United States | 11/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Symphony No. 5's opening notes--third best known in the civilized world, after Yankee Doodle (thanks to the Voice of America) and the last Britny Spears bestseller (thanks to Satan and his minions)--furthered Beethoven's assault upon what was then known as musical convention. This piece, when conducted by the late Bernstein, does the impossible: it improves upon perfection. Crisply performed, recorded by producers who cared (as opposed to giving the sound short shrift while waiting for Boston or the Bee Gees to fill the hall and produce profits), and conducted by a Leonard before the cocktail hour, we find greatness Plus One. The Leonore No. 3 adds a well appreciated lagniappe. A masterpiece."
Glorious
Stephen G Bowden | NC School of the Arts | 06/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although there isn't any fathomable way I can improve upon the previous reviewer, as I am still smirking at his/her remarks, there is a way I can review this piece, or aptly named, masterpiece. Bernstein, one of the greatest conductors, conducting the Beethoven 5, possibly the second greatest symphonies ever written. This performance is simply stunning. I have discussed with my peers how, unlike the 9th, the 5th has four outstanding movements. Bernstein's reading of this piece is flawless, perfect, unbelieveable and phenomenal."
Puzzling tameness from Bernstein
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 07/21/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I very well remember my excitment when this performance was originally released, since it marked a major milestone: an American conductor conquering Beethoven on home ground. In the intervening thirty years no one has duplicated Bernstein's achievement, and yet his Vienna Beethoven cycle was puzzling in its tameness. This Fifth Sym., for example, offers no competition to the heroic, grand-scaled predecessor recorded with the NY Phil., one of LB's most famous recordings.

The opening movement is taken slowly by modern standards, but even more distressing is the prosaic phrasing and lack of excitement on the conductor's part. The second movement Adante con moto is so placid that I could hardly keep my atention on it. The Scherzo and finale are completely ordinary. DG has improved upon the original LP sonics, which were thin and wiry, but the Vienna Phil. still sounds a little underpowered. LB took a leaner approach to Beethoven's sonority the second time around but didn't add extra propulsiveness or vigor. The orchestra plays with olish, of course. The Leonore #3 rises to a higher level and generates excitement, as does Bernstein's complete Fidelio, one of the best things he did in Vienna for DG at this time."