Bernard Haitink

Beethoven: Symphony No 3 & Leonore Overture No 2

LSO0080 CD

Beethoven Symphony No 3 / Leonore Overture

Beethoven Symphony No 3 / Leonore Overture

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Bernard Haitink conductor

'simply masterful Beethoven ... Capped by a magisterial account of the Ninth Symphony, this is the Beethoven set for our time' Chicago Tribune

Beethoven took a massive stride forward in the development of the symphonic form with the 'Eroica'. Not only is the work written on an unprecedented scale, it also lays the very foundations of Romanticism in music.The symphony mirrors Beethoven's own emergence from despair and he used it to symbolize mankind's capacity for greatness. He initially dedicated the score to Napoleon whom embodied his view of greatness. However, when Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, Beethoven furiously removed the dedication from the score.

N.B. This title is also available as an SACD - LSO0580.

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'The virtues of Bernard Haitink's Beethoven cycle at the Barbican are well summarised by this performance of the Eroica ... [he] puts Beethoven first in every aspect, giving the first movement a spontaneity deriving from its rhythmic vitality ... the finale sweeps towards its climax on a tide of orchestral eloquence ... such as the LSO reserves for its favourite conductors' Sunday Telegraph

'an amazing level of audible detail in even the most heavily scored passages ... I respect both Haitink for his willingness to rethink his interpretation and the LSO for its evident enthusiasm in giving him what he requires'

'the clarity is exemplary ... Haitink's performance has a magnificently strong forward flow to it ... The orchestral detail is excellent and enhances the subtlety of Haitink's phrasing'


Bernard Haitinik conductor
London Symphony Orchestra 

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineer (Symphony No 3)
Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineer (Leonore Overture No 2)

Recorded November 2005, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

Notes in English/en français/auf Deutsch

Catalogue number - LSO0080
UPC - 822231108023

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