Notes and Editorial Reviews
This exhilarating Eroica was among the first recordings Dohnanyi made upon assuming the directorship of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1983. That it still sounds powerfully compelling two decades later is testimony not only to Telarc's realistic recording (you must play it loud to get the full effect) but also to Dohnanyi's forceful and very convincing way with the score. Beethoven's bracing first two chords project from the orchestra like rifle shots, followed by a swift, athletic first movement that sweeps relentlessly forward, aided by the Cleveland Orchestra's full-bodied, well-integrated tone. Throughout this truly "heroic" reading, Dohnanyi points up Beethoven's bold musical personality with strongly assertive phrasing. Listen to the
explosive drama at the center of the Funeral March, or to the opening of the finale, where aggressive strings are met by pounding timpani and cocksure brass. The closing coda also is exciting, though not as thrillingly driven as George Szell's classic performance--one of the cornerstones of the Beethoven catalog. However, Dohnanyi's recording, with its even more superb playing and vivid, high-impact sound, is a great modern version, a worthy successor to Szell's, and--especially now at mid-price--a necessary acquisition for all Beethoven lovers.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Christoph von Dohnányi
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 10/23/1983
Venue: Severance Hall, Cleveland
Length: 48 Minutes 17 Secs.
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