Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 Bernard Haitink

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Label: LSO Live

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Symphony No 5:
  • 1I. Allegro con brio07:35
  • 2II. Andante con moto08:36
  • 3III. Allegro04:53
  • 4IV. Allegro10:18
  • Symphony No 1:
  • 5I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio09:40
  • 6II. Andante cantabile con moto06:51
  • 7III. Menuetto - Allegro molto e vivace03:19
  • 8IV. Adagio - Allegro molto05:45
  • Total Runtime56:57

Info for Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1

Beethoven again raised the expressive force of the symphony with the Fifth and introduced a theatrical element to it. Beginning with the most famous phrase in classical music and one of the most joyous, uplifting movements as a finale it is an exhilarating experience. Beethoven didn't complete his first symphony until he was almost 30 and it marks the beginning of his remoulding of the Symphony away from the Classical ideals of Haydn.

„The Fifth Symphony represents the challenge of being the best-known work in the repertoire, but without being quirky Haitink presents it in a way that feels utterly fresh. The First Symphony begins with a surprisingly sedate first movement for an Allegro coin brio, but phrasing is so enchantingly pointed that it is hard to object. The rest of the Symphony moves with that Haydnish combination of gracefulness and ebullience which is the work's hallmark.” (BBC Music Magazine)

London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor

Bernard Haitink
With an international career now spanning six decades, Amsterdam-born Bernard Haitink is one of the most renowned conductors of our time. First engaged by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in 1954, Bernard Haitink began his meteoric career in 1956 at the age of just 27, when he substituted for an ailing Carlo Maria Giulini and first conducted the orchestra with whom he would enjoy a long and highly successful collaboration: the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. From 1961 to 1988 he was Music Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra – a position he initially shared with Eugen Jochum. Other positions held by him included Music Director and Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967-1979), of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera (1978-1988), of London's Royal Opera House Covent Garden (1988-2002) and of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2006- 2010). Bernard Haitink is “Conductor Laureate” of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, “Conductor Emeritus” of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and "Patron" of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1958 he has had a cordial working relationship with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks: the live recording of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, published on the BR-KLASSIK label, was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2013 and the “Toblacher Komponierhäuschen” prize. Bernard Haitink has been a Knight of the British Empire since 1977; in 1991 he received the “Erasmus” award, the highest cultural award of the Netherlands; and in 2007 the magazine Musical America named him “Musician of the Year”. He is a Companion of Honour of the United Kingdom and a holder of the Order of the House of Orange-Nassau.

Booklet for Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1

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