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Beethoven: Symphonies No 1 & 2 / Sir Neville Marriner, Asmf


Release Date: 10/28/2003 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186118   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection is a Hybrid Multichannel Super Audio CD. The Stereo Hybrid SACD program can be played on any standard compact disc player. The DSD Surround programs require an SACD player for playback.

These excellent performances date from 1970, before Neville Marriner embarked on possibly the dullest complete Beethoven symphony cycle in history, and they have all of the qualities of elegance and verve that made the conductor and his Academy of St. Martin in the Fields the greatest chamber orchestra of the 1960s and '70s. There's simply nothing to quibble with from a musical standpoint: the allegros move along smartly, wind parts are clearly audible (particularly in the Second Symphony), and trumpets and drums cut through the
Read more texture without blasting. The two slow movements sing and the strings play beautifully. Of course, period groups have made Marriner's approach sound a bit tame in comparison, but whatever the performances lack in rawness and edge they more than make up for in polish. It's a perfectly legitimate view of the music, and one that has aged not a bit.


Sonically, these multichannel remasterings convey an excellent sense of the orchestra in a warm acoustic space, without emphasizing the rear channels to distracting effect. Unfortunately, there is a huge amount of ambient noise (in other words, hiss) that comes as quite a surprise given the silent backgrounds that we have become used to in this digital (or even Dolby) age. Whether or not this will bother you is very much a matter of personal preference, but be warned: audiophile sound this certainly is not. However, the musical values remain first rate and certainly justify making this pair of performances available again.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 

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