Beethoven - Symphonies 1 & 4 | Pentatone PTC5186248

Beethoven - Symphonies 1 & 4

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186248

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 22nd September 2017

Contents

Artists

London Symphony Orchestra
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Rafael Kubelik

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.1 in C major, op.21
Symphony no.4 in B flat major, op.60

Artists

London Symphony Orchestra
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Rafael Kubelik

About

The latest release in the Remastered Classics series is Rafael Kubelík's sprited and acclaimed reading from the 1970s of Beethoven's first and fourth symphonies, performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Delightful, infectious and witty, the opening Adagio which starts in the wrong key and the final movement which struggles to get started at all.

Beethoven's cheerful and optimistic Fourth has been described as a "wolf in sheep's clothing" for its mix of engaging melodies, lurching rhythms, pungent dissonances and its vigorous orchestral writing.

Rafael Kubelík recorded his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven symphonies in the 1970s for Deutsche Grammophon, each with a different orchestra to dazzling effect. Using state of the art technology which avoids the need for re-mixing, Pentatone’s engineers have remastered the original studio tapes to bring the performances to life as originally intended: in compelling and pristine multi-channel sound.

Further releases from this memorable cycle are planned in the Remastered Classics series: Symphonies 2 & 5 and Symphonies 6, 7 & 8.

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