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  Beethoven: Symphonies No. 1 & 7 - RPO/Wordsworth
  Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major Op. 21, Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Luukas May 19, 2014 (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770-1827) nine symphonies are Romantic orchestral music's icons. Beethoven composed his First Symphony in 1800 when he was thirty years old. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's performance is excellent, and Mr. Wordsworth understands this work's feelings very well. The Seventh Symphony is different: its dancing rhythms and famous themes are very familiar to me. I heard many recordings of this work (Vänskä (BIS), Muti (Emi Classics) and Rattle (Emi Classics) but this is hard to beat.
Seventh Symphony begins orchestra's loudly accords, and first oboe plays its beautiful thema. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gives new vision of this part, and I like it very much. The dancing main theme is one of my own favorites, and orchestra's virtuosity is breathtaking. The famous slow movement (Allegretto) sounds very good: orchestra's balance is good, and contrabassos deep pizzicatos (in the hopeful second theme) are stunning! The fast scherzo is good, but it isn't best; I recommend Bernard Haitink's recording (LSO Live). Fourth movement's tempo is breathtaking: it takes only seven minutes!
Wonderful SACD release in budget price! Heartbreaking experience! Buy this!

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Works: 2  

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92