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Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Overtures / Butt, London SO

Beethoven / London Sym Orch / Butt
Release Date: 09/13/2011 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 6144  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A good Eroica for newcomers to Beethoven's masterpiece.

"...For those without preconceptions, newcomers to the Third Symphony in particular, there is certainly nothing here to dislike. Whilst there is no great personality in Butt's reading, neither is the result bland. He guides the LSO through an intelligent, relaxed, neutral account, even if the LSO at times sound more professional than passionate. The same can be said of the four overtures that follow, one of which, King Stephen (or Stephan) is a relative rarity in recordings of Beethoven.

The sound quality is very good, as one might expect, although to say there is little atmosphere would be an understatement - these are dry, almost academic
Read more recordings. On the bright side, at least there are no coughers or traffic rumbles.

The booklet is a bit 1980s in design, but supplies about the right amount of detail to suit both first-timers and those considering, however fleetingly, an umpteenth purchase. The notes do however begin by presenting as truth and whole truth the apocryphal story from Ferdinand Ries that Beethoven scratched out his dedication to Napoleon because he felt "betrayed". Some may also find it a bit of an annoyance that the date of recording is not given; when will some labels learn that most collectors really want to know the when? Finally, the picture on the front cover is one of those many of Beethoven disguised as someone else.

- Byzantion, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
2. King Stephan, Op. 117: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
3. Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
4. Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
5. Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 

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