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ClassicsOnline Home » BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 (Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Gardiner)
An impressive return to the original strength of Beethoven's intentions
When I first listened to the ORR under Gardiner I thought "oh well just another orchestra trying to build its brand name with gimmicks like original instruments".
Some years on and I could not have been more wrong! The original timbre was what Beethoven, with his deteriorating hearing disability, must have intended. This recording gives him the respect due to his huge talent.
I feel strongly most of today's symphony orchestras produce a more mushy sound than the ORR. Intriguing is the feeling that size of sound is not necessarily in proportion to the number of playing members of the orchestra. Is it true that the smaller the size of orchestra the faster a work can be played without losing a single note?
While being unashamedly a romantic at heart when I listened to this recording I deeply felt the strength of Beethoven's music and would put it up against any 21st century classical music composer.
Long live the ORR!more....
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