Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 4 & 8 [download]

  • Catalogue Number LSO0587
    UPC 822231158721

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineer

    Recorded April 2006, Barbican, London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • Disc of the Month
    Performance ***** Sound *****

    BBC Music Magazine

    Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10 'The LSO is in absolutely smashing form... has the scherzo ever had more bounce?... An unforgettable experience. Nothing proves this more tellingly than the second movement, taken at an ideally lilting tempo. It's a veritable orchestral adventure in terms of color, texture, and range of expression... This is without doubt one of the best Fourths around... [The Eighth] is one hell of a ride... the coda is about as thrilling as it's possible to be in this music.'

    Artistique 10 Techique 10


Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra

Coming between two of Beethoven's most famous symphonies the Fourth Symphony can seem a relatively lightweight and cheerful work. Written for Count Franz von Oppersdorff, who wanted a symphony similar in vein to the Second Symphony it is a brusque and enjoyable work. Beethoven's Eighth Symphony sees him in playful mood. Featuring humorous twists and turns and relatively brief movements, including the shortest movement of any of his symphonies, it is a lighthearted work.

Composer   Beethoven
Conductor   Bernard Haitink
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 4 in B-Flat Major: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. Symphony No 4 in B-Flat Major: II. Adagio
3. Symphony No 4 in B-Flat Major: III. Allegro vivace
4. Symphony No 4 in B-Flat Major: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
5. Symphony No 8 in F Major: I. Allegro vivace e con brio
6. Symphony No 8 in F Major: II. Allegretto scherzando
7. Symphony No 8 in F Major: III. Tempo di menuetto
8. Symphony No 8 in F Major: IV. Allegro vivace

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