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  471 630-2
  Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 - Kleiber
  Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 7

Vienna Philharmonic
Carlos Kleiber (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by ssully October 9, 2003 (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
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I love this record, period. Having it in multichannel makes it all the more fun.
(I prefer the performance of the 5th to that of the 7th, though; for me, the definitive
7th is the one Bruno Walter recorded for Columbia.)

FYI regarding the credits for this album: I wrote to the Emil Berliner mastering studio for clarification of the rather confusing mixing/mastering/sourcing credits; I also did some online research of DG reissue philosophies. The upshot is that DG's policy now is to archive their stuff to hi-rez PCM, rather than to DSD (they did some listening tests and measurements and decided that was the way to go). The Kleiber 5/7 were newly remixed, this year, from the original analog multitracks, to stereo and to 5.0, in hi-rez PCM; these were then converted to DSD for the SACD release. The booklet also includes a mixing credit for the previoous release on CD, apparently for legal reasons; that's why there's two mixing credits.

Btw, the original recording session for the 5th was intended for 'quadraphonic' release, as indicated by the review in and confirmed by EB studios.

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Review by Rpower May 27, 2003 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I had been wanting a recording of Kleiber/VPO's Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 7 for years and was happy to see them both on a single disc in recent months. I had contemplated getting the CD version when I found out this was available in MC SACD. I found it at Best Buy for $15.99, so I couldn't resist.

The sound of this recording is clearly not as good as current DSD recordings, but quite good for the 70s in which it was originally recorded. I feel that 24/96 remastering has clarified textures and dynamic peaks which gives a much better sonic experience than I would have gotten from CD.

For the last 10 years I have been living with the DG Von Karajan/BPO 1977 performance of the 7th symphony and his 1984 performance of the 5th symphony on CD and have always liked the 7th sonically and performance wise. The 5th in 80's digital sound is another matter and not as good. Kleiber's view of both of these symphonies is superior to Karajan's, with less drive and with more stress on lightness and musical detail. The VPO's performance of the two symphonies are magical and captivating in every way.

All in all, a wonderful disc and highly recommended.

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Review by Luukas May 23, 2014 (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
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This is truly classic recording of Beethoven's Fifth and Seventh Symphonies. Carlos Kleiber conducts these familiar works thrillingly and Wiener Philharmonic's tone is rich and powerful. Fifth Symphony's word-famous fate theme sounds excellent, and fourth movement's triuphant coda is very fast and effectively. Seventh Symphony is also outstanding, and its dancing rhythms feels handsome in Deutsche Grammophon's multi-channel SACD. Superb recording, one of the greatest ever, maybe the greatest.

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Works: 2  

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92