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Whilst still an early teenager in the late 60s, my first recordings of Beethoven's 2nd & 4th Symphonies was with Monteux, and listening to the 2nd now, in this DSD version, it is still as great a performance as I remember it on vinyl. Moreover, the pairing of the 2nd Symphony with the King Stephen & Fidelio Overtures is perfect. Gil Sullivan
Another very well done release from HDTT!
Pierre Monteux has recorded some of the most musically expressive performances of the Beethoven symphonies in the catalog, and this performance of the Second with the LSO is no exception. Clear, clean and lean strings with light, clear and wonderful sounding winds, Monteux's recordings with the LSO are "must haves". And, with Kenneth Wilkinson's excellent engineering, these recordings from Walthamstow Assembly Hall are superb -- fully capturing the power, impact and detail of the LSO's performances. The recording and the transfer are open, clean and transparent. This is an excellent transfer of a really nice sounding tape in the DXD version to which I'm listening. Decca has released the series of these recordings on CD, and I've seen comment that the woodwinds are not well captured in this recording. Well, treat that as a deficiency of the CD release (if true). On this DXD transfer from HDTT, the woodwinds are as clear, delicate and translucent as one may wish to hear. Another very well done release from HDTT!
Artist(s): Conductor - Pierre Monteux
Orchestra - London Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded by Decca 9-10 May 1960 at Walthamstow Assembly Hall
Producer: John Culshaw
Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
Symphony Nr. 2 D-Dur, Op. 36
1 Adagio Molto. Allegro Con Brio 9:47
2 Larghetto 10:50
3 Scherzo - Allegro 3:22
4 Allegro Moderato 6:25
5 "Fidelio"-Overture, Op. 72b 6:25
6 "King Stephen"- Overture, Op. 117 7:10