Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 7
SDG 717 | 1 CD (8 tracks)

The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Nearly twenty years after their acclaimed Beethoven Symphonies recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique returned to this repertoire for the first time last year, in a tour that took them to London, Philadelphia, Washington and New York. The concert in Carnegie Hall was broadcast live by WQXR, who kindly agreed to make the recording available to us to release on our label.

Sir John Eliot’s Gardiner’s reading of these familiar pieces highlights their revolutionary origin. Performing on period instruments, the ORR brings light, clarity and brisk energy, as well as a warm and genuinely thrilling sound.

The album contains a 36 pages booklet with original notes by BBC presenter and music journalist Stephen Johnson.

"The Allegretto was sinuous and haunting, the finale joyously visceral. And from fate’s knock at the onset of the Fifth Symphony, Mr. Gardiner wrought Beethoven fresh and strange, with gutsy, brash and rasping instrumental voices united in triumph." – The New York Times

"From the very start, the cut-to-the-bone immediacy of the sound puts you up close and personal to the performance." – Gramophone

"After hearing these explosive, invigorating and electrifying performances, we are reminded once again of the ferocious intensity that must have shell-shocked 19th century Viennese audiences." 
– BBC Music Magazine

"The execution is fabulous, the superlative stylistic foundation always at the service of the music's rhythm, energy and inner logic."  – Financial Times


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Tracks in the album:

Sample Track Title Duration Downloads
Beethoven Symphony 5 in C Minor
01 1. Beethoven Symphony 5 In C Minor 1st Mov 13:08 Bundle only
02 2. Beethoven Symphony 5 In C Minor 2nd Mov 8:25 Bundle only
03 3. Beethoven Symphony 5 In C Minor 3rd Mov 8:47 Bundle only
04 4. Beethoven Symphony 5 In C Minor 4th Mov 9:14 Bundle only
Beethoven Symphony 7 In A Major
05 1. Beethoven Symphony 7 In A Major 1st Mov 6:39 Bundle only
06 2. Beethoven Symphony 7 In A Major 2nd Mov 8:36 Bundle only
07 3. Beethoven Symphony 7 In A Major 3rd Mov 7:50 Bundle only
08 4. Beethoven Symphony 7 In A Major 4th Mov 10:40 Bundle only

Total Playing Time: 1:13:30