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Label:
  PentaTone Classics - http://www.pentatonemusic.com/
Serial:
  PTC 5186 148 (2 discs)
Title:
  Beethoven: The 11 Overtures - Masur
Description:
  Beethoven: Fidelio Op. 72c, Leonore No. 1 Op. 13, Leonore No. 2 Op. 72a, Leonore No. 3 Op. 72b, Coriolan Op. 62, Egmont Op. 84, King Stephen Op. 117, The Creatures of Prometheus Op. 43, The Consecration of the House Op. 124, Nameday Op. 115, The Ruins of Athens

Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig
Kurt Masur (conductor)
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Genre:
  Classical - Orchestral
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
Recording type:
  Analogue
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Review by jeffreybehr October 27, 2012 (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
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I'm really happy I ran into this disc--I've been a fan of the Beethoven overtures for decades. I had a Szell/Cleveland LP on Epic with the 4 Fidelios;, it was, IIRC, a typical crappy-sounding Columbia/CBS multi-mono-miced edgy mess, but I loved the music!

I enjoy these discs more than Mr. Broggio does. I love the big orchestra and the abundant hall sound in the recording. There's much depth recorded, with the french horns--GLORIOUS in the Leonoras 2 and 3--sounding as if they're about 50 meters from the mics. The woodwinds are indeed a bit distant but quite audible, and that off-stage trumpet might be 150 meters from the mics...I LOVE it. The violins sound as if they're divided, and I like the sounds of that, too. Even with 'only' two front channels, there's plenty of center-channel fill for me, but maybe that's one reason Mr. Broggio feels the woodwinds are recessed.

Tempos are moderate--no quick-step, small-band Beethoven here--and Masur plays these works as if he loves them. Highly recommended for lovers of Beethoven's music.

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Works: 11  

Ludwig van Beethoven - Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Ludwig van Beethoven - Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Ludwig van Beethoven - Fidelio Overture, Op. 72
Ludwig van Beethoven - King Stephen Overture, Op. 117
Ludwig van Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138
Ludwig van Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a
Ludwig van Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Ludwig van Beethoven - The Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124
Ludwig van Beethoven - The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43
Ludwig van Beethoven - The Ruin of Athens Overture, Op. 113
Ludwig van Beethoven - Zur Namensfeier Overture, Op. 115