Beethoven - Symphonies 1 & 4
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Cat No: LPO0093
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th October 2016
ArtistsLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Kurt Masur sadly passed away in December 2015; this captivating pair of concert recordings from 2004 pays tribute to his musical legacy: he conducted Beethoven with insight, cohesion, these concert performances conducted from memory.
When audiences heard Beethoven’s First Symphony, they were struck by something new in the air – there is no mistaking its Beethovenian energy and dash. Released for the first time on the orchestra’s label, Symphonies 1 and 4 contribute to the expanding collection of Beethoven works on the label; the most recent being Beethoven’s Fifth conducted by Tennstedt (LPO0087).
Often neglected between the more famous Third and Fifth, the Fourth Symphony is a joyous work which inspired many of Beethoven’s contemporaries, including Schumann and Berlioz. It’s propelled with unstoppable momentum and buoyancy, after a searching opening perhaps inspired by Haydn’s Representation of Chaos.
These recordings are taken from live concert performances at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 24 and 27 November 2004.
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