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Beethoven: Symphonien 1 & 3 / Sawallisch, Royal Concertgebouw


Release Date: 07/20/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54501   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Collectors who swear by their fine old 1950s mono LPs of the Beethoven symphonies made in the Concertgebouw under conductors like Erich Kleiber, Eugen Jochum, Eduard van Beinum or Pierre Monteux will find Sawallisch's new Concertgebouw recording of the First Symphony to be a great delight... [The] quicker movements are played with a clarity and zest that you will not find, for instance, in Harnoncourt's performance, where the first movement is played in a way that is oddly tired-sounding: mannered and circumspect. The EMI recording for Sawallisch is of a piece with the playing, electrically alive.

In the Eroica, Sawallisch does one or two old-fashioned things. There is no exposition repeat and there are some expressive
Read more slowings in the course of the exposition. What follows is, though, of a piece with this: a reading that has an irresistible and continuing sense of forward motion... Sawallisch's conducting of the Eroica's first movement is...of an order of interest that we can no longer take for granted in an age of metronome mania where the alternative is [a] kind of slithery pragmatism...

-- Gramophone [6/1995]

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[A] bright and flawless account of the First Symphony, which superbly points up the work’s infectious humour. In the Funeral March [of the Eroica] Sawallisch broods intensely... Sawallisch’s finale is masterly.

-- Christopher Fifield, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland 
Length: 27 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland 
Length: 49 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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