The young Abbado made a handful of recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic of which this taught, sprightly reading of Beethoven’s Eighth (just listen to the orchestra’s reflexes in the finale) and the grand yet detailed vision of Bruckner’s First made just one short-lived appearance on CD. Now they return, remastered and at super-budget price.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Symphony No. 1 in C minor
‘Abbado’s fresh and alert performance underlines the sun in this symphony. The tempi are all well chosen, the rhythms beautifully sprung…’ *** Penguin Guide
‘can hardly fail to satisfy’ *** Penguin Guide