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Monday, August 1, 2011

Beethoven Symphonies (Almost) Live (Part Four)

A new "Discovery"!!

Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Trying to find a decent complete performance of Beethoven's 4th symphony proved to be a bit more of a task than the last 3 performances.  Alas, after searching through several dozen attempts, rehearsals, incomplete movements and the like, I came across an orchestra I had not heard of:  The Discovery Ensemble out of Boston Massachusetts.  It's a chamber orchestra made up of professionals in the Boston area.  The director, Courtney Lewis demonstrates competent skills with his ensemble.

A few drawbacks:  There's only one camera angle, so this set of videos will give you a fine view of the conductor and not much else.  Oh well.  The sound is good and the performance is better than most I heard with the exception of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's performance under the magnificent skills of Carlos Kleiber.  Unfortunately it's posted by several people in different video arrays, and I can't seem to find a complete set.  If in time I'm able to find a nice set of all the movements I will post it here.  For now I give you the Discovery Ensemble and an excerpt from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Opus 60:

Interior of Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I: Adagio - Allegro vivace as performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Carlos Kleiber, Conductor

Amsterdam Concertgebouw

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

I: Adagio-Allegro vivace  (Part One) as performed by Discovery Ensemble.

I: Adagio-Allegro vivace (Part Two)

II: Adagio

III: Menuetto: Allegro vivace

IV: Allegro ma non troppo

For more information on this symphony go here, here and here.

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