Beethoven Symphonies Nos 4 & 8 (2006)

Beethoven

London Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink

The Fourth Symphony is probably Beethoven’s least well-known, a situation which no doubt owes much to its position sandwiched between the Third (the ’Eroica’) – at that time the largest and most complex symphony ever composed – and the viscerally powerful and uplifting Fifth. Beside these two great forward steps in symphonic thinking, the brusque Fourth can seem dwarfed, its relatively lightweight frame and predominantly cheerful nature apparently offering no equivalent to either their massive presences or their mighty extra-musical messages. But it is a thoroughly Beethovenian work nevertheless, taut with muscular strength, propelled with unstoppable momentum, and shot through with its composer’s unmistakable stylistic fingerprints. Produced in the same year as the Violin Concerto, the Fourth Piano Concerto and the three ’Razumovsky’ string quartets, it purrs with the mature assurance of Beethoven’s so-called ’middle-period’ compositions, and, like several of those, is among his most lovable and appealing creations.

 

 

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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 Symphonies Nos 4 & 8 (2006)

Beethoven

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes,Ian Watson, Jenni Whiteside
Recording location: Barbican, London England
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No 4- i. Adagio - Allegro vivace
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Symphony No 4- ii. Adagio
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Symphony No 4- iii. Allegro vivace
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Symphony No 4- iv. Allegro ma non troppo
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Symphony No 8, Allegro vivace e con brio
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Symphony No 8- i. Allegro vivace e con brio
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Symphony No 8- iii. Tempo di menuetto
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Symphony No 8- iv. Allegro vivace
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