Beethoven Symphony No 7, Triple Concerto (2006)

Beethoven

London Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink

The movement titles and specific birdcalls of the ’Pastoral’ Symphony are about as explicit as Beethoven got when it came to noting down ’meanings’ for his major works. The man who first realised the symphony’s universal expressive potentialities in the ’Eroica’, and for whom extra-musical inspirations formed an important part of his creative thinking, was usually happy to let his music do the talking – ’the listener should be able to discover the situations himself’, he wrote on sketches for the ’Pastoral’. And while few could deny that the ’Eroica’ seems to embody a sense of rebirth, or that the Fifth marks out some kind of journey from darkness to light, the composer left no actual clues that he thought of them thus. It is the music which communicates these things so strongly that we feel we understand them. 
Compared to the above symphonies, the Seventh is a little harder to pin down. The rhythms which dominate each one of its movements have given rise to one oft-quoted appraisal: Wagner’s description of it as ’the apotheosis of the dance’. But could that not equally well be said of a Bach Suite? And by the time it has ended, has the Seventh Symphony not expressed a purer and freer form of euphoria than might primarily be associated with dancing? The modern Beethoven scholar David Wyn Jones has suggested that in this work Beethoven set himself the challenge of moulding a ’continuous, cumulative celebration of joy’, and this seems a more accurate assessment than Wagner’s. Yet even then, how exactly does the melancholy second movement fit in?

 

 

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Bernard Haitink

With an international conducting career that has spanned more than five decades, Amsterdam-born Bernard Haitink is one of today’s most celebrated conductors. Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010, Bernard Haitink has also held posts as music director of the Royal Concertgebouw, Dresden Staatskapelle, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras.

Bernard Haitink has recorded widely with the Concertgebouw, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as recording highly acclaimed cycles of Brahms and Beethoven symphonies with the LSO for LSO Live. He was awarded a Grammy for Best Opera Recording in 2004 for Janá?ek’s Jenufa with the Royal Opera, and for Best Orchestral Performance of 2008 for Shostakovich’s Symphony No 4 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Beethoven Symphony No 7, Triple Concerto (2006)

Beethoven

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stoke, Neil Hutchinson
Recording Software: Merging
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Symphony No 7- i. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
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Symphony No 7- ii. Allegretto
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Symphony No 7- iii. Presto
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Symphony No 7- iv. Allegro con brio
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Triple Concerto- i. Allegro
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Triple Concerto- ii. Largo
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Triple Concerto- iii. Rondo alla Polacca
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