Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 8 - Vänskä
Classical - Orchestral
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica", Symphony No. 8
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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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