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BEETHOVEN, van L.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 7 (Minnesota Orchestra, Vanska)

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Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: I. Adagio molto - Allegro molto
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: III. Scherzo
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: IV. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: III. Presto, assai meno presto
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio
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Osmo Vanska, BEETHOVEN, van L.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 7 (Minnesota Orchestra, Vanska)
2008 | Label: BIS

The Minnesota Orchestra indisputably struck gold when they stumbled onto Osmo Vänskä, their music director since 2003. Nearly unknown in America before his appointment, he has since lifted the orchestra from a reliably excellent regional ensemble to one of the most prominent on the national stage. Everyone loves Osmo: critics, audiences, and musicians, and he has easily proven himself to be among the most promising conductors in the world right now. His latest feat has… read more »

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beetoven symphonies number 2 and 7


What? No Number 5! I love symphony number 5!

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Forget MP3, Buy the SACDs - All 5 for $30


My only complaint is that the sonics of this set are SO GREAT that they are truly wasted on MP3 downloads. This music deserves nothing less than the full sonic glory of the original SACD discs played on a proper SACD player, preferably in surround sound. And BIS complies by packaging all five discs in a set for about $30 - what a bargain. So there's no excuse settling for MP3 sound. As for the music, I prefer my 7th somewhat faster, the tempos tend to lurch a little, and he can't perform miracles like Kleiber, but Vanska in Minnesota is poppin' fresh for the new millennium.

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beam me up scotty!


This series of Beethoven symphonies are steller. I don't care what the other sceptics say and I do agree with Classics today. These are fresh, exciting, and downright wonderfull performances of music so often recorded. At times you think your listening to one of the great orchestra's of the world (and perhaps we are now). Bravo to Vanska for giving us such gripping readings of the great master...LVB.

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classics from BIS-Minnesota


Very fine, well-mannered-solid interpretations as known, more on the light-fast-modern side - but nothing really exceptional. the sound as ever with BIS is full, wide, bright and partly on the mellow side, but- best on pretty good av-equipment.recommendable? yes, as others.

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Classics Today gives this a 10/10


Classics Today gives this recording a rave review: http://www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=11864. 'Beyond thrilling...a great performance...impossible to over- praise'

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Too soft??


Well, we leave the dynamics up to the composer and the Artists. What you hear is what was played. Not more. Not less. Best - Robert von Bahr, BIS

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Problem: sometimes too soft


These are marvelous performances. The only thing that keeps me from giving them rave reviews is that in some soft passages the music is too soft--almost inaudible. One example among many is the first minute or so of the second movement of the Seventh Symphony.