Fritz Reiner - Beethoven   (RCA Living Stereo 68976)
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Fritz Reiner - Beethoven   (RCA Living Stereo 68976)
C1868. FRITZ REINER Cond.Chicago Orch.: Symphony #5 in c; Symphony #7 in A; Fidelio Overture, Op.72b; Coriolan Overture (all Beethoven). RCA Living Stereo 68976, recorded 1955 & 1959. Final Sealed Copy! - 090266897629


“Some will find Reiner's relatively straightforward approach to the Fifth to be refreshingly direct, a welcome effort to go straight to the heart of the music and present one of the supreme masterworks with the respect it deserves. Reiner Conducts Beethoven Symphonies. Others, though, will miss the interpretive currents stirred and depths plumbed in the personal visions of most other legendary conductors. But Reiner's is not a literal reading of the score - the plaintive oboe solo in the development of the first movement is deeply hushed and the molto retards in the scherzo are stretched into pauses. Reiner's clarity lets the subtly shifting moods emerge naturally in the Seventh, which is spectacularly well-played and -recorded. The Coriolan Overture is swift and insistent without seeming driven. His FIDELIO brilliantly reflects the overture's schizoid nature, setting the opera's opening mood of domestic fluff while hinting of premonitions of the graver things about to unfold.”

- Peter Gutmann, Classical Notes

"I've reviewed the superlative Fifth and Seventh in detail elsewhere - I would put them near the top of my list of favorites. Both sound better in their Living Stereo versions. In sum, it's hard to imagine a finer collection of Beethoven from the golden age of stereo.”

- Huntley Dent, 10 Jan., 2006