1.StopSymphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67:Allegro con brio – Ludwig van Beethoven 7.35
2.StopSymphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67:Andante con moto – Ludwig van Beethoven 8.36
3.StopSymphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67:Allegro – Ludwig van Beethoven 4.53
4.StopSymphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67:Allegro – Ludwig van Beethoven 10.18
5.StopSymphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21:Adagio molto - Allegro con brio – Ludwig van Beethoven 9.4
6.StopSymphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21:Andante cantabile con moto – Ludwig van Beethoven 6.51
7.StopSymphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21:Menuetto & Trio: Allegro molto e vivace – Ludwig van Beethoven 3.19
8.StopSymphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21:Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace – Ludwig van Beethoven 5.45
Listeners may feel that Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor is overly familiar, and that his Symphony No. 1 in C major is only slightly less so; indeed, many already possess a favorite recording or two that should satisfy any desire to hear these well-known masterpieces, if the occasion arises. So why, then, should anyone seek out Bernard Haitink's live 2006 recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, beyond the audio buff's needs to own a good hybrid SACD of these works and to hear them in lifelike multichannel sound on a high end system? Because Haitink and the LSO deliver such compelling accounts -- driven and triumphant in the Symphony No. 5, and disarmingly witty and urbane in the Symphony No. 1 -- these pieces feel expressively revitalized; and because the minutest details of the scores are brilliantly articulated, this is a recording to make some people consider if they've ever properly heard these symphonies before. LSO Live provides stunningly realistic reproduction with no distracting audience noises; and thanks to the best recording technology available, expert engineering, and the responsive acoustics of London's Barbican, the orchestral sound is both crisp and naturally resonant. Add to this encomium the compatibility of this SACD on any playback equipment and you have a terrific recording that should meet most collectors' requirements, if it doesn't actually exceed them. Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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