Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies Nos. 1-9 / Leonore Overture No. 2 / Triple Concerto
Gordan Nikolitch / Lars Vogt / London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Bernard Haitink
SACD ISO: 24,81 GB (Stereo & MCH) | FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 6,73 GB | Artwork | 3% Rec. Info
Label/Cat#: LSO Live # LSO0598 | Country/Year: UK 2006
Genre: Classical | Style: Viennese School, Orchestral

This is the easiest review I shall ever have the pleasure of writing & can be summed up in two words:
Buy it!

It is not often one can hail a modern classic, especially of music that has been recorded so often in the past, but this is a rare standard of music making.

Full reviews can be found following the links given below but suffice to say that this is the most musical set of performances of Beethoven I have heard since first hearing Schnabel; it is also the most impressive I have heard from a playing perspective in Beethoven & I have never heard the LSO play like this on disc before now. Lastly, it is wonderful to hear Haitink bring all his experience with a truly fresh vision (for both him and us) of how this great music can sound.

From the opening of the first symphony, the notes sound as though the ink is still drying and this impression continues through the other 8 masterpieces. It is more than just sounding newly minted; the honesty, structure and emotion are all vividly conveyed too in the best sound that LSO Live have achieved to date from the Barbican. The Triple Concerto & Leonore Overture No.2 are just as successful and makes one wish for follow-up sets to complete the orchestral music together with a concerto cycle and Fidelio all under the baton of Haitink.

The box-set brings together all 6 discs (in slip-cases) with the original artwork used and the notes conflated into one booklet – very neatly done, even if not everyone admires the concept of the photos.

As I said before (and it cannot be said often enough) – buy it, not just for yourself but for all your friends/family/colleagues… they will all be profoundly grateful. Copyright © 2006 John Broggio (more…)