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Beethoven: Symphonies No 7 & 8 / Böhm, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Release Date: 10/04/1999 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4631992   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Karl Böhm's tempos for Beethoven's Seventh and Eighth Symphonies are generally slow, yet his crisply sprung rhythms, tart linear balances, and masterful accentuations decisively propel these works onward and upward. The obsessive figurations in the Seventh's outer movements, for instance, build with holy-rolling joy, and the slow movement moves at a real allegretto. After a perky Scherzo, the lethargic Trio is a real letdown, and never seems to end. Listeners who respond to Klemperer's grim reaping of the Eighth's quirky fields may find Böhm's similar, yet more transparent and firmly etched reading more to their taste. There's nothing remotely dated about Deutsche Grammophon's nearly 30-year-old sonics. A most attractive Read more bargain.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 

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