Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 5 - Vänskä
Classical - Orchestral
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Osmo Vänskä (conductor)
The Minnesota Orchestra has an illustrious past, numbering such legendary figures as Eugene Ormandy, Dimitri Mitropoulos and Antal Dorati among its music directors. As of 2003, Osmo Vänskä is the tenth man on the post, and the team has had a very successful first season, rounded off by a European tour – and by Osmo Vänskä being chosen ‘Conductor of the Year’ by the prestigious publication Musical America. During this eventful year, the team also recorded the first volume in what will be one of the first complete cycles of Beethoven’s symphonies in Surround Sound.
Osmo Vänskä – described as ‘an exemplary Beethoven conductor’ (Andrew Clements in The Guardian) – has chosen to open his cycle with Symphonies No. 4 and No. 5 on a disc which is sure to make its mark: in first-class acoustics (Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis) and using the latest recording technology, our most experienced recording team have given free sonic rein to Osmo Vänskä and his Minnesota Orchestra in performances that are among the most exciting one can imagine!
And the reviews confirm our own impression. They have compared this first installment favourably with legendary recordings by Karl Böhm, Carlos Kleiber, and Lorin Maazel, giving it top marks and commending both the performances and the "demonstration-quality sound'.
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Recorded on 30th April 2004 (Symphony No.5) and 1st May 2004 (Symphony No.4) at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Recording producer: Robert Suff
Sound engineer: Ingo Petry
TechnicaI engineer: Thore Brinkmann
Digital editing: Fabian Frank
Mix/mastering: Ingo Petry, Andreas Ruge
Equipment: Neumann microphones; Stagetec A/D converter; Yamaha O2R96 mixer; Samptitude Hard-Disk recording system; B&W 802 Nautilus speakers; Stax headphones; Pyramix editing and mastering system
SACD authoring: Bastiaan Kuijt
Executive producers: Robert von Bahr, Robert Suff