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Beethoven, Ludvig Van / Symphonies No. 4 & 7 (Joshua Bell, Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields)
Album:Symphonies No. 4 & 7 (Joshua Bell, Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields) Collection:Classical
Artist:Beethoven, Ludvig Van Added:07/2013
Label:Sony Classical 

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Add Date:2013-07-07 Pull Date:2013-09-08 Charts:Classical/Experimental

Album Review
Larry
Reviewed 2013-07-04 
Beethoven, Ludvig Van / Symphonies No. 4 & 7 (Joshua Bell, conductor, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields)

Beethoven (1770-1827) dedicated his Symphony No. 4 (composed 1806) to Count Franz von Oppersdorff, who commissioned it. It is characterized as “placid and serene” [Thayer] and as “gay and spontaneous.” The slow introduction begins in minor key, in deep darkness and suspense; the following Allegro vivace section is playful, witty and dramatic. The 2nd mvmt is a tender, graceful song. The 3rd is “a jokey mixture of bluster and sly humor” [A. Hopkins]. The 4th shows earthy humor and high spirits. Symphony No. 7 was premiered at a charity concert in 1813 with B conducting (he could still hear until about 1817), and the 2nd mvmt had to be encored immediately. Its lovely, sad melody is unforgettable. The symphony has a feeling of grandeur and vitality, created in part by the use of a single rhythmic figure to propel each mvmt. The 1st mvmt starts with spacious vistas and moves to joyous song. The rollicking 3rd is a study in contrasts of sonority and dynamics, with a second theme conjuring up in this listener a windy day in Amsterdam’s great harbor. The 4th mvmt has whirling dance-energy, with joyous celebration sometimes briefly interrupted by turbulent worry, but ending in triumph.

1. Symphony #4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 1. Adagio, Allegro Vivace 11:16
2. Symphony #4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 2. Adagio 9:25
3. Symphony #4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 3. Allegro Molto E Vivace 5:36
4. Symphony #4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 4. Allegro Ma Non Troppo 6:38
5. Symphony #7 In A, Op. 92 - 1. Poco Sostenuto, Vivace 14:19
6. Symphony #7 In A, Op. 92 - 2. Allegretto 12:23
7. Symphony #7 In A, Op. 92 - 3. Presto Assai Meno Presto (Trio) 8:17
8. Symphony #7 In A, Op. 92 - 4. Allegro Con Brio 8:40

Track Listing
1.Symphony #4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 1. Adagio, Allegro Vivace 11:16 5.Symphony #7 In A, Op. 92 - 1. Poco Sostenuto, Vivace 14:19
2.Symphony #4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 2. Adagio 9:25 6.Symphony #7 In A, Op. 92 - 2. Allegretto 12:23
3.Symphony #4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 3. Allegro Molto E Vivace 5:36 7.Symphony #7 In A, Op. 92 - 3. Presto Assai Meno Presto (Trio) 8:17
4.Symphony #4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 4. Allegro Ma Non Troppo 6:38 8.Symphony #7 In A, Op. 92 - 4. Allegro Con Brio 8:40