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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Beethoven ever!!!
After years of performing and listening to these works there is very little that can be said negatively of the perfection of this particular set of sessions done in the mid 1970s. Kleiber really unleashes the most incredible sound from the VPO since the days of Solti. We also are treated to the warmest tone and the most incredible Brass and Woodwind work ever to be put...
Published on May 25 2004 by David Lee
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven:Symphony Nos. 5 & &/ Kleiber
The Symphony no. 5 is the best performance that I have ever heard. There have been so many performances since the first recording of Nikish like Weingartner, Toscanini and Furtwangler. But, for the C-minor symphony, I think this is the best for the new milenium, also. But I regret to note that no.7 (which is usually combined in one CD with no.5), the 'Balance of Speed'...
Published on Nov. 23 1999 by KIM JONG BACK
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, but. . .,
This review is from: Symphonies No.s 5 & 7 (Audio CD)I originally purchased the two symphonies on this disc when they were sold seperately. After buying the seperates (at a much higher price each than what this is selling for) DG decided to combine the two. I love them so much that I bought this edition as well. For the price, there's little reason not to buy this disc.
With all the glowing reviews of this CD I believe it would be kind of silly to try to say any more good things about it. So let me just offer this caveat: Yes, this is a rousing, bold, forceful, intense performance of Beethoven. This disc never fails to impress, and the dynamics of the performance serve as a wonderful demonstration of the fidelity of your stereo. It's a hard-hitting, attention grabbing performance. That's the good news and the bad news.
The bad news being that these performances are not exactly subtle. So, if you're seeking subtlety you may be a little overwhelmed. Of all of Beethoven's works, it is the symphonies that have the most clear quality of spectacle and theatre. Piano sonatas and string quartets lend themselves to a more limited and refined audience. Kleiber really plays up the drama, the spectacle, and the theatre in these performances. This may lead some listeners to feel it's all a bit overdone. I recently played this disc in the office and a college-aged employee who likes heavy metal said, "Wow, that kicks ass!" Some would see that as a ringing endorsement, some as a warning.
That being so stated there are few reasons not to own this disk. It's a landmark performance at a bargain price.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Beethoven!,
This review is from: Symphonies No.s 5 & 7 (Audio CD)Can somebody else do Beethoven as Kleiber does with the Vienna Philharmonic? It is just amazing what they do!
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth owning,
This review is from: Symphonies No.s 5 & 7 (Audio CD)Yet another review for Beethoven's 5th and 7th conducted by Carlos Kleiber. Well here's my take on these performance. This is probably the only 1st movement of the 5th symphony I've heard done properly. If the conductor doesn't get the dit-dit-dit-duh portion exactly right then it just doesn't work. Here Kleiber gives the impression that indeed fate is knocking on the door and fate isn't taking no for an answer. I have Karajan's '63 performance and that version sounds more like musician's playing instruments vs. fate knocking on your door. The dance-like fugue of the 3rd movement is extremely Bach-sounding. It also shows Kleiber's masterful control of the orchestra. Kleiber builds up to the climax of the 4th movement superbly. The sky becomes clear and victory is finally here. The reviewer who claims that Kleiber is "hiding behind orchestral polish" is wrong. Kleiber conducts a 1st class orchestra superbly. Kleiber is not just making the music a spectacle for himself and the performers but just letting the music speak for itself. Kleiber shows us Beethoven's fearsome, resilient, joyous, and victorious personality which is exactly what a good conductor does. 5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Most Definitely Not An Expert, But ...,
This review is from: Symphonies No.s 5 & 7 (Audio CD)I know when I hear something truly outstanding. Months and months ago I was severely puzzled by all these reviews here; the one said it was stupendous, but others thought it lacked this or that.
Now that was all very difficult for a, more or less, beginner. Reference works named it a classic, all right, so ... the price was excellent, too ... I bought it. You'd be amazed how awful all those 5ths sound on television and commercials and at other places. This is nothing of the sort, of course. Kleiber (who did not churn out recording after recording like, say, Karajan) hit the gold here.
This CD towers above most other competitors in the field, and later, when you have listened to it many many times, you begin accumulating those other 5ths. To tell the truth, you might search a while before you find something you also cherish. To all people relatively new to classical music, buy this one. Indeed, later you will be tempted to search for others, as I said before. In Classical Music few recordings of a particular work are definitive or possess all the qualities you demand to hear all at once.
You won't go wrong here. Besides the famous 5th you get the 7th, equally fine (second movement is a jewel).
5.0 out of 5 stars The most glorious rendition of symphony number five,
This review is from: Symphonies No.s 5 & 7 (Audio CD)When it comes to Beethoven's symphonies I highly recommend spending a little extra to get the entire cycle, as provided by Herbert Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic (Polygram Records - #429036). The quality is exceptional, while the 5 cd set averages to about $7/cd. With that said however, I must admit that this Kleiber recording is my only exception. It is hard to verbally explain why, but at the very least I should say that there is a degree of energy and passion to Kleiber's which makes listening an experience of spiritual proportions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven's Classic Recordings,
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This review is from: Symphonies No.s 5 & 7 (Audio CD)This Carlos Kleiber 5th & 7th Symphony is one of those recordings which has entered the eternal hall of fame. If you like this Kleiber 5th abd 7th Symphony, then you must get Klemperer's Fidelio (EMI), Furtwangler's Symphony 9th (EMI), Richter and Rostropovich's set of Beethoven Cello Sonatas, Perahia's set of 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos.
5.0 out of 5 stars great recording,
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This review is from: Symphonies No.s 5 & 7 (Audio CD)I have heard a number of Fifths and Kleiber's version is still the best one so far. Masterfully conducted and beautifully played. As far as the Seventh goes, I have also heard a few of this symphony and I think it's one of the best out there as well. However I can't honestly say it's my favorite Seventh (my heart keeps reminding me of the joyful, eloquent, and underrated version by Bruno Walter). Nevertheless, Kleiber's Seventh is still great.
You often get one great piece that comes with a sloppy or mediocre piece. It is not often you can find two extremely magnificent renditions on one single disc. This is the main reason why I have given it 5 stars-- AT A BARGAIN no less.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic recording,
This review is from: Symphonies No.s 5 & 7 (Audio CD)Heralded by many critics as one of the best recordings of these two works when it first came out. The recording itself has become a classic in its own right.
Not to disparage any of the other many fine recordings of these works, but I'd have to say if I could have only one recording of these works, this would be the one.
Recommended without any hesitation!
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Legend!,
This review is from: Symphonies No.s 5 & 7 (Audio CD)WOW!!!!! Of all the performances of Beethoven's Fifth I heard at CD, this is definitely a must-buy. The first movement alone is especially awesome. The contrast is good, and the tempo's very light yet forceful, and incredibly crisp. In the past, I liked Karajan, but now, I delclare this a legend!!!
If you're some music appreciation student, never hisitate to buy this one!!! You'll surely feel fate drastically and desparately hanging you by the hair.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great,
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This review is from: Symphonies No.s 5 & 7 (Audio CD)I have plenty of versions of the 5th as well as the 7th and this cannot be surpassed. This is what you call a no-brainer
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