Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2008) MCH SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe – Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:31 minutes | Scans included | 4,2 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 2,92 GB
or FLAC Stereo (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Full Scans included | 769 MB
DSD Recording | Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Label: Pentatone # PTC 5186313

In the present recordings of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1 in C and 3 in E-flat (“Eroica”) with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe shows himself completely in command of all the resources of a large symphony orchestra. And he shows us something else. He knows his Beethoven. Hopefully much more is to come from this fruitful synergy of musical forces. Very highly recommended! The performances are superb.

Conductor Philippe Herreweghe returns to the helm of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic for another set of Beethoven symphonies on the PentaTone label, this time the First and Third. Again presented as a multi-channel SACD hybrid disc, PentaTone’s sound is clean and detailed without too much digital sterility. Unlike the album that included the Fifth Symphony and was fraught with many rhythmic peculiarities, Herreweghe’s reading of the First and Third symphonies seems diligently respectful to every nuance of the score. His decision to assemble an orchestra of both modern and period instruments (see liner notes for details) provides listeners with the intensity and projection of modern string instruments coupled with the punchiness of Baroque timpani and the blaring qualities of what Herreweghe refers to as “nature” trumpets. While this album proves to be a marked improvement over the Fifth and Eighth symphonies in the areas of power and adherence to the score, there’s nothing truly new being said here. For listeners seeking their first introduction to these great symphonies, this is certainly an appropriate choice; Herreweghe and the RFP will instill just as much excitement in new listeners now as when the works were premiered. For collectors, however, this album does not offer a sufficiently drastic look at these two symphonies to warrant adding yet another SACD to the shelf.


01. Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 – Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
02. Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 – Andante cantabile con moto
03. Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 – Menuetto – Trio (Allegro molto e vivace)
04. Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 – Finale (Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace)
05. Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 “Eroica” – Allegro con brio
06. Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 “Eroica” – Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
07. Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 “Eroica” – Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
08. Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 “Eroica” – Finale (Allegro molto)

Royal Flemish Philharmonic (Antwerp Symphony Orchestra)
Philippe Herreweghe – Conductor

Produced & Edited by Andreas Neubronner. Balance Engineer: Markus Heiland.
Recorded in DSD on June 26-29, 2007 at Concertgebouw, Brugge, Belgium.




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