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In Reply to: RE: My favourite 4th... posted by kuma on July 07, 2017 at 01:13:53
I have the Arrau/Haitink version, as well. It's very fine, e.g., Arrau's passage work is cleaner in the (to me) all-important bar 4. But otherwise, I prefer the Dresden orchestra and acoustics.
Also, I purchased Maria-Joćo Pires' recording with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding. It didn't grab me, but I plan to give it several more auditions.
Meanwhile, Brendel?Rattle got no shiggy to it IMHO, but I plan to listen to Brendel's other recordings of the 4th. I prefer a not-too-cerebral approach to this work, though.
Can't speak to her Beethoven No. 4 but did hear her perform the Beethoven No. 3 live at Davies Hall last year, with San Francisco Symphony Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt on the podium.
See review linked below which just about covers it.
I do have an old copy of Brendel/Wallberg/Vienna Pro Musica (1963) Right after Serkin/Toscanini set, this soudns so *normal* but gone are the sense of fun and adventure. This is your usual *respectable* Beethoven with a polished elegance.
I know he made a complete PC recording with Levine/CSO & Rattle but I haven't motivated to listen to either as they aren't my fave conductors.
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