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Beethoven: Symphonies No 2 & 5 / Szell, Cleveland Orchestra

Release Date: 01/29/2002 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 89844   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

George Szell leads taut, energetic, and texturally detailed performances of both symphonies--no surprise to anyone familiar with the other discs in this series. Szell's briskly paced Symphony No. 2 sits comfortably in the classical tradition from which it sprang, in contrast to Bernstein's expansive and romantic-style rendition with the Vienna Philharmonic. Once again comparison with period performance versions reveals Szell's ability to maintain clear textures without the need to resort to period instruments.

In the Fifth Symphony Szell doesn't go hell-for-leather in the first movement but nonetheless offers a gripping account that sets the stage for his superbly argued finale. With brilliantly judged tempos and
Read more stunning orchestral playing, Szell makes the finale the great summation it is often claimed to be. Every event follows with a satisfying sense of inevitability--just listen to how Szell heightens the drama by slowing the tempo for the development's great climax, just before the reprise of the scherzo's theme. Oh yeah, this is one of the great Fifths! Sony's remastering reveals a noticeable amount of tape hiss but not enough to deter your enjoyment of these well-engineered and naturally balanced 1964 recordings.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 31 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807 
Length: 31 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo. Allegro
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro

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