How do you rate this piece?
Fantastic performance, more spontaneous and vivid than his VPO studio recording. Thanks for sharing!This is an excellent work. The Kleiber recording is a classic, but it's been recorded so often that everyone can probably find something that suits their tastes. Szell, Klemperer, Karajan, Bernstein, Abbado, Harnoncourt, Walter ... all sorts of different interpretations. Christian Thielemann recorded it with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1996, along with the Fifth, which is a recording I've enjoyed, with a darker, Romantic sound. It's a kinetic work, always in motion; even the slow movement is marked Allegretto. I would have a difficult time ranking this work below Excellent.
Here's a video of Kleiber conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra live in concert:
Correction: The Sixth is the Pastoral, not the Seventh.
Yes, sorry! I was confusing the two symphonies because I am posting them in the chronological order and I didn't remember if I had to post the sixth or the seventh (did I already posted the sixth?).Oh man! HansZimmer you are about to get thrashed. I love both the 7th and the 6th “Pastoral”. So excellent is my vote on either one.
Given the fact that your "excellent" is never a 10/10, can I ask if there are works to which you give 10/10?Beethoven's seventh is one of my favorite symphonies, easily an "excellent" to me. That frenzy of a finale that includes that recapitulation with an effect that sounds like an acoustic resonance must be one of the most original movements of a symphony ever, at least in my view. My rate: a 9.0/10 in terms of how much I enjoy it.
10 out of 10 to me is creme de la creme, top of the top, hors concours in terms of how much I enjoy them. I put only very few works in this category, including Beethoven's Ninth, Bach's Mass in B minor and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. But then again, these ratings have to do only with my personal taste - I'm not rating quality or greatness.Given the fact that your "excellent" is never a 10/10, can I ask if there are works to which you give 10/10?
My favourite Beethoven symphony. Always has been and probably always will be. I have more recordings of it than any other (200+). Honeck slays it in sound to die for on Reference. For an HIP alternative Krivine smashes it too but there are so many really impressive ones (not surprised with so many recordings around). Almost impossible to totally mess it up unless you're Celi or Cobra (shudder).