A Taut, Incisive Beethoven 9 with Haitink

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A Taut, Incisive Beethoven 9 with Haitink

Post by Ralph » Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:06 pm

The London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink is performing the full symphony cycle this week at Avery Fisher Hall. My schedule only permitted attending two, tonight's and this coming Friday.

Using Beethoven's masterpiece as the basis for a gala fundraising dinner, many ticket holders were almost literally penned in so that the diners could occupy virtually all of the orchestra level lobby for their feast. Once the minions were unleashed seating took too long.

But it was worth it. Haitink conducted this orchestra, joined by the London Symphony Chorus, with a masterful hand. Still very spry on the podium, this septuagenarian knows what he wants from his forces and he gets it.

The symphony flowed seamlessly. The soloists were unknown to me but each delivered with conviction and clarity.

With just this work, I enjoyed a very satisfying time and left buoyed in spirit, prepared to face the drenching rain.
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Post by Haydnseek » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:22 pm

The LSO Live recordings of Haitink's Beethoven cycle have been getting enthusiastic reviews. I think all but one of the symphonies has been released. I don't need another set but I'll probably get this one being a Haitink fan for many years. On the LSO website there is a quote from a newspaper review that praises Haitink's "structural reasoning in symphonic canvases" - I like that phrase. He is a good story-teller.
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Post by Ralph » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:29 pm

Haydnseek wrote:The LSO Live recordings of Haitink's Beethoven cycle have been getting enthusiastic reviews. I think all but one of the symphonies has been released. I don't need another set but I'll probably get this one being a Haitink fan for many years. On the LSO website there is a quote from a newspaper review that praises Haitink's "structural reasoning in symphonic canvases" - I like that phrase. He is a good story-teller.
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I bought the full set tonight at the last concert. $75 for six discs, all the symphonies plus the Triple Concerto and Leonora No. 2.
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