Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4824951
Barcode
00028948249510
Format
1-CD
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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Recording information

Recording Producer: Andrew Cornall
Balance Engineers: Colin Moorfoot, John Dunkerley
Recording Location: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 24–25 March 1981 (Symphony No. 5), 25–26 October 1983 (Symphony No. 7)

Reviews

‘the slow movement […] has that feeling of spontaneous live performance which has marked most of Ashkenazy’s conducting on record … The recording […] is wide-ranging in the spread of stereo and warmly atmospheric’ (Symphony No. 5) Gramophone

*** ‘a vivid and urgent reading of the Fifth, with well-chosen speeds for all four movements … ‘a warmly spontaneous, generally direct reading taken at sensible unexaggerated speeds […] there are few modern Beethoven recordings so satisfying or more alive than this with sound – recorded in Kingsway Hall – which sets new standards against any rival version, full and spacious yet warmly co-ordinated’ (Symphony No. 7) Gramophone, November 1984