Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 8 - Vänskä

Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 8 - Vänskä


Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica", Symphony No. 8

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

Few Beethoven cycles have gotten off to such a promising start as that of Osmo Vänskä conducting the Minnesota Orchestra. Since its release last year, BIS-SACD-1416: Symphonies No. 4 and 5 has garnered distinctions and top marks all over the world. Making the disc its Editor’s Choice, The Gramophone described it as ‘fiery, elegant, bristling with character’ adding ‘This is impressive Beethoven’, while the critic in Financial Times called it ‘the modern Beethoven recording par excellence’ and the reviewer in Le Monde de la Musique favourably compared Vänskä’s ‘incisive examination’ of the scores with the interpretations of ‘Norrington, Hogwood, Brüggen, Harnoncourt, Gardiner and Rattle’.

The quality of the recording as well as the sound reproduction also received much praise and was described as being ‘state-of-the-art’ and ‘of demonstration quality’.

The eagerly awaited second instalment is now ready for release, and will most certainly create just as much excitement. The orchestra and Vänskä – who recently extended his tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra until 2011 – have, if possible, become even more attuned to each other, and together create a performance of the Eroica Symphony which is as close as possible to perfection in the details without ever losing sight of the longer lines – or the drama of the Funeral March!

Symphony No. 8 provides a lighter relief, as well as ample opportunity for the Minnesota strings to shine in the notorious fast Finale. All in all an intense musical experience, leading up to Symphony No. 9, recorded in January 2006 and planned for release in the autumn.

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PCM recording

Recorded in June 2005 and January 2006 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Recording producer: Robert Suff

Sound engineer: Ingo Petry

Technical engineer: Thore Brinkmann

Digital editing: Jeffrey Ginn

Mix/mastering: Ingo Petry, Matthias Spitzbarth

Equipment: Neumann microphones; Stagetec Truematch microphone preamplifier and high resolution A/D converter; MADI optical cabling; Yamaha 02R96 digital mixer; Sequoia Workstation; Pyramix DSD Workstation; B&W Nautilus 802 loudspeakers; STAX headphones

SACD authoring: Bastiaan Kuijt

Executive producers: Robert von Bahr, Robert Suff

Comments (2)

Comment by JerryK - October 5, 2015 (1 of 2)

It really is a pity that a recording of this size and technique is made so bad. This recording does not deserve a SACD label. It is soft has bad resolution and the orchestra is distant. But maybe an attempt has been made to seek an old-fashioned recording effect.

Comment by Mark Werlin - October 5, 2015 (2 of 2)

The Beethoven cycle conducted by Vänskä was universally well-received at the time the discs were issued. The number of site members who recommend this disc, and the outstanding reviews written by site reviewers for other symphonies in the series, testifies to the high audio quality of the recordings. Several years ago, I heard maestro Vänskä conduct the Beethoven 8th in concert. The BIS SACD more than does justice to his interpretation and to the sound of the Minnesota Orchestra.