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  Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 - Haitink
  Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral"

London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by Polly Nomial October 2, 2006
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Review by Edvin June 1, 2006 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I have always been an admirer of Haitink, but to be honest I never ever thought he would deliver this Beethoven. I don´t know what to say...this is so fresh and marvellous, and thought out.

Symphony no 2. First movement full of vitality and dynamic gradings. Timpani, hard sticks as throughout. Reminds me of the terrasses I saw in Japan, the total control and also the immense love for the music. What I have heard so far in this series is drenched in "con amore".
The slow movement is a continuous song, a melodic line. Slightly pre-reminding of (what´s the English expression?) the Pastoral. Haitink phrases the movement with an eloquent restraint, the secrets are not let out before time. Perfect.

The rest is marvellously played with the conductor´s good taste and no need to shout: Here I am. The music unfolds in a magical way with the LSO as the right hand extension of maestro Haitink.

The Pastorale. I am not fond of the sleepy Böhm version, I much prefer the sleek Karajan interpretation. Haitink is tempo-wise in between the two. But he is much more dramatic than either, oh dear. This is a living Pastorale, an organic piece. No eccentric tempos, just a natural flow. Timpani hitting hard and an incredibly dramatic storm, wow. There is also a lightness and, at times almost a balletic feeling in the midst of the rural festivities. Great.

I must say that it is Haitink´s feeling for tempos and dynamics that impresses me most. He really has thought hard and seriously about how to play Beethoven and it has payed off! This is, so far, the most satisfying of Beethoven symphony cycles ever, and if it continues in this way we have a classic set on our hands. Haitink´s view of the whole is masterful.

The sound is great with some air and a dynamic range to dream of. Listen to the storm section and be converted! The only thing that I find negative is the design. Oh dear, this is so ugly, so old fashioned and shallow.

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Review by Luukas September 22, 2014 (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Beethoven's youthful Second Symphony sounds movingly and freshly here: Haitink really knows this piece, and London Symphony Orchestra plays magnificently under him. First movement's playful main theme sounds lovely, and Haitink reaches orchestral score's angry sforzatos and accents very well. The DSD 5.0 multi-channel mix is clear and surrounding.
Second movement is moving, but it isn't hurry. Whole movement's feeling is beautiful, and Haitink brings his own ideas to the score. Results are breathtaking.
The funny third movement is also very good, and finale is stunning. It is pity, that Haitink's tempo are little slow, I think that finale should be forceful and stormy. Still, the whole performance is wonderful.
Sixth Symphony is different work: it tells countryside's feelings, and London Symphony Orchestra brings its to life. Lovely listening experience!
Haitink's Beethoven cycle is warmly welcomed, and I recommend it. Outstanding, definitely!

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Works: 2  

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"