This release from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony features Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No.7 coupled with the Leonore Overture No.3. One of his most stirring works and also one that he considered among his best, Beethoven's Symphony No.7 was immensely popular from its first playing. Recently, its powerful second movement was used to great dramatic effect in the seminal moments of the Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech. While Beethoven wrote only one opera, he wrote multiple overtures for it, and the third of the series fully captures the joyful outcome of the story. Both recordings were taken from live in concerts held at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
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Crisp, clear, tranquil... Bold, intense, emotional... Yes, it was spendy but ahhh so worth it... Very clean recording. Listening to it on a Bose and feels like I'm right there!!! Buy it for the love of your life. Something to enjoy together.
nice rendition of this symphony-cd app-ears unused
These are fine performances from MTT. I like his Beethoven better than his Mahler. I've heard MTT conduct several Beethoven symphonies and I like his overall approach to the music. Textures are clear, rhythms are tight, tempos are lively but not driven, and MTT allows us to hear the important bass lines. The sound quality is warm and focused with a solid low end. As usual the SF Symphony plays very well. MTT takes a middle ground approach to Beethoven in the best sense. He steers a course between the sterile HIP idiocy of the period instrument crowd and the frustrating,old fashioned approach. These days we get so much angry, fist-shaking, relentless Beethoven that it becomes clear that musical values are lost in favor of "scholarship". There aren't many American orchestras making recordings these days. I hope to hear more Beethoven from SF.
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