|1. Allegro Con Brio|
|2. Andante Con Moto|
|5. Poco Sostenuto- Vivace|
|8. Allegro Con Brio|
DG did a great job recording and remastering these two performances. Although vintage 1975 and 76, these analog recordings are truly excellent in quality, comparable to digital. What a great compliment to such a stellar performance.
Not to detract from this CD, which I believe to be the best traditional performance of Beethoven's 5th, but let me also suggest the new interpretations of Beethoven's symphonies performed by David Zinman on Arte Nova. The performances are so different that they encourage one to appreciate each, but not to the exclusion of the other. Regardless, do not fail to obtain this performance.
I also find one thing in the 7th intro quite amazing. Simply the tempo being slow is so right and played with such precision as to be breathetaking...the transition to the fast 6/8 is arguably the finest interpretation of this music without ever sounding forced.
The Beethoven 5th has the most incredibly tight opening ever as well. Surely one wonders why Kleiber is not more popular!!!
Kleiber has the Vienna Philharmonic playing this music as if they were playing it for the first time. The energy found in the first movement is nothing short of astounding. The players are on fire. The second movement is as beautiful as the first is frenetic. The balance created by the Vienna Philharmonic is beautiful and offers a poignant statement rarely heard in the many "routine" run throughs of the symphony. The scherzo is filled with the same gusto found in the opening allegro and leads into the amazing finale. In short, this 5th is beyond anything you have ever heard before - not only because the playing is perfect, but because Kleiber's interpretation breathes life into one of the most familiar pieces of music of all time. He brings out nuances in the score, highlights unique moments, and offers incredible incite into one of Beethoven's most moving musical achievements.
Although there are some complaints about the seventh, its still a fantastic run-through and Kleiber has a lot to say here as well. Even if you disagree with his interpretation, Kleiber still has created a fascinating recording. Highly recommended.