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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
SolidJan. 5 2000
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Format: Audio CD
These aren't the most compelling versions I've heard of these two symphonies, but they're still extremely well performed. Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Orchestra punctuate both works with crisp, precise attacks; these symphonies sound like concise musical paragraphs, rather than the long run-on sentences they can otherwise be. The orchestral sound is a little less polished than in the rest of Dohnanyi's Beethoven symphony cycle; it sounds more rough and unhinged, as though the instruments are trying to burst out of the speakers. I personally like that effect; it brings to life two symphonies that are usually played more like "Well, here's what Beethoven was doing before Eroica." Granted, these interpretations aren't perfect: the orchestral sound is a little confined as compared to Telarc's usual cavernous standard. As well, be advised that Dohnanyi's penchant for speed is in full effect here, although I think it works well given the energetic nature of these two works: the First Symphony comes off with boisterous flair, while the Second sounds like it's soaring through the heavens. These aren't the definitive renditions of these two works, but they're definitely masterful and energetic and thoroughly enjoyable. I would give this CD four stars, but here are five instead to counteract my ridiculous other review.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not Dohnanyi but MorrisDec 11 2010
Alberto G. Perez
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Very nice review from Ryan Richards "reb77". There is one problem though. The version that is being sold above is not the one by Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Orchestra, but a version by Wyn Morris and the London Symphony Orchestra. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this interpretation of both symphonies. They are pretty starightforward in terms of tempos and dynamics. There is not much really that can be varied on Beethoven's symphonies. There is such an amount of different versions that for a director going out of the framework that already exists for Beethoven would be disastrous. The recording in this album is from 2003 and very good. I asume that must be either ADD or DDD; clean and very powerful dynamic variations. I recommend this album. A very good price-value recording.