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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
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Works on This Recording
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria
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