Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven

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Beethoven

Symphonies--No 2, Op 36; No 8, Op 93

Orchestre Rbvolutionnaire et Romantique / John Eliot Gardiner

Soli Deo Gloria [F] SDG721 (56' * DDD)

Recorded live at Cadogan Hall, London, November 30, 2013

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner directs a more or less exemplary account of Beethoven's Second Symphony. The outer movements are swift-moving without being overdriven; textures are lean, detail is pertinent. An exquisitely judged account of the lyric slow movement and a properly weighted reading of the Scherzo complete one's pleasure. The reading is similar to Gardiner's earlier one with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique (Archiv, 11/94). The principal difference, aside from extensive changes of orchestral personnel, is that the performance was recorded live in Cadogan Hall. This boasts a cleaner, less reverberant acoustic than the Great Hall in Blackheath which was used for the 1991 studio recording. The end of the Cadogan Hall performance electrifies as the earlier one didn't quite do and there is a marginally more easeful way with the introductory Adagio. …

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