Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93by Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor:
NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 1939
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Landmark "Eroica"May 19, 2014By Charles W. (Austin, TX)See All My Reviews"These performances date from 1939;#3 was from a live NBC broadcast while #8 was from a studio session; Both were recorded in NBC's infamous Studio 8H. The Eroica is part of Toscanini's famous 1939 concert series...probably Toscanini's most successful series of his many Beethoven symphony cycles. The #3 is extremely dramatic with great dynamic contrasts and tremendous intensity, especially in the funeral march and final movements. The orchestral playing is simply amazing. I have his 1949 studio recording made in Carnegie Hall and it is not as dramatic and the phrasing is less elastic. It sounds better,less dry and constricted with more hall reverberation probably due to the ten year increase in recording technology and the different location. Actually the sound is pretty good for 1939 and the performance one of the best ever. Toscanini recorded many 3Rds, but this 1939 version is probably his best. The 8th, while recorded the same year and in the same studio, was not really part of the 1939 broadcast cycle. It is a hard driven performance, not particularly subtle and the recording is even dryer and less resonant than the 3rd. This is my least favorite of the Beethoven symphonies and I really cannot compare it with others because I have not listed to many other recordings. All I can say is that it is hard driven, well played and poorly recorded. This CD is worth it just for the magnificent 3rd. I am familiar with all the great ones...Kleiber, Klemperer, Furtwangler, Reiner Etc. and this perforamance can stand with all of them"Report Abuse
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