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Beethoven: Symphony No 3… / Bernstein, Vienna


Release Date: 07/24/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431024   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A year after this recording was made, the principal violist of the Philharmonic – a distinguished, silver-haired gentleman from Burgenland named Streng – confided to a music critic that “When we play Beethoven with Lenny we do it Lenny’s way, but when we play Beethoven with Böhm, we do it Beethoven’s way.” Perhaps, but then Viennese string players have been saying that about every conductor since Otto Nicolai.

In any case, the VPO strings give their all in this performance; their playing, and that of their colleagues in the wind and brass, is pure guts and glory. Bernstein’s affinity for the music is beyond challenge, and the vivid recording brings it all home.

– Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 

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