Wednesday, September 26, 2007

CD REVIEW: Beethoven Symphonies 3 & 8


BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 "Eroica." Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93.Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen/Paavo Järvi, cond.RCA RED SEAL SACD 88697-13066 TT: 69:32BUY NOW FROM ARKIVMUSIC

RCA Red Seal begins a new SACD series of Beethoven symphonies with a well-filled disk offering symphonies three and eight, performed by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen directed by Paavo Järvi. It is an auspicious beginning to the cycle in every way, particularly because of Järvi's dynamic concept of Beethoven. These are incredibly vigorous performances by a magnificent chamber orchestra that in its nearly three decades of existence has established itself as a leader in its field. The entire orchestra is of virtuoso caliber, horns are magnificent, woodwind solos carefully phrased. In spite of the ensemble's limited size, it conveys the power of Beethoven's with remarkable clarity. The recordings were made in August 2005 (No. 3) and August 2004 (No. 8) in Scoring Stage Berlin with producer Philip Traugott and recording engineer Everett Porter, who did their tasks magnificently. This is a true winner. I look forward to future releases in this series

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