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Basic 100 Vol 2 - Beethoven: Symphony No 5; Schubert / Munch


Release Date: 01/28/2010 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 61551   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz Schubert
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Fifth benefits from fleet tempos, tight ensemble, and punchy attacks, with the woodwinds nicely cutting through the string-centered sonority. Munch tends to set a course and push through without offering any of the telling details of phrasing and pacing provided by, say, Carlos Kleiber and the Vienna Philharmonic, to say nothing of the splendid recent Vänskä/Minnesota surround version on BIS (coupled with the Fourth). Still, it’s a fine performance comparable to the early 1960s Karajan, but with greater textural variety... A very good Fifth.

-- James Reel, FANFARE [reviewing the Beethoven Fifth, reissued as part of RCA 67892]

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The “Unfinished” Symphony
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-- James Reel, FANFARE [reviewing the Schubert Eighth, reissued as part of RCA 704603]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 

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