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Beethoven: Symphony No 7, Overtures / Doráti, London SO


Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 462958   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


No less a musical authority than composer/author/educator Gunther Schuller, in his provocative book The Compleat Conductor, hails Antal Dorati as one of the great Beethoven interpreters, and if the first Mercury Beethoven release containing Symphonies 5 and 6 lent credence to this assertion, then the present issue offers proof beyond all reasonable doubt. These are stunning performances of the Seventh symphony and three spectacular overtures, and they succeed for exactly the reasons that Schuller enumerates. Dorati chooses ideal tempos for each movement, he balances the ensemble in such a way that the players can observe every dynamic nuance without sacrificing clarity, and he's a monster when it comes to
Read more rhythm--the violins in the Seventh's first movement must have been going through sheer hell! Dorati's achievement is all the more remarkable when you consider that the London Symphony Orchestra in the late 1950s and early 1960s was a pretty sad sounding bunch. Here, they surpass themselves, as has Wilma Cozart Fine in restoring these performances to mint condition for release on CD. Bravo! [10/2/1999]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92: 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92: 2. Allegretto
Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92: 3. Presto - Assai meno presto
Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92: 4. Allegro con brio
Overture "Leonore No.3", Op.72b
Music to Goethe's Tragedy "Egmont" op.84
Overture "The Consecration of the House", Op.124

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