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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 7 & 8 / Brüggen, Orch 18th Century


Release Date: 01/07/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426846   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Bruggen gives us radical readings; fiery and inspired, with a degree of individuality in the musicianship—in the phrasing, in the pacing, in orchestral balances... It's Bruggen's individuality which gives an outwardly impeccable account of the Eighth Symphony's Allegretto scherzando a slightly raffish air, an almost Hogarthian quality. Indeed, throughout this record there are a lot of surprises, suggesting an interpreter who, like the poet Cavafy, wears his hat at a slight angle to the universe. And, as I say, the performances can be electrifying. I don't think I have ever thought of the development section of the first movement of the Eighth Symphony, radical as it is, as having an Eroica-like capacity to disturb. Well, it certainly Read more does here. Indeed, at this point the performance triggers a litmus-test response first proposed in the pages of the old Record Guide (Collins: 1955) with regard to Toscanini's 1952 NBC recording of the Ninth Symphony: ''At the climax of the first movement... the listener has a strange sensation of being at the heart of a whirlwind: he feels impelled to leave his chair and pace the room''... Much of Bruggen's disc...is exciting and thought-provoking... The performances [have] explosive force: the Seventh Symphony re-invented as an early nineteenth-century Rite of Spring...

-- Richard Osborne, Gramophone [2/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony no 7: I. Poco sostenuto
Symphony no 8: I. Allegro vivace e con brio

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