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Hyperion Records

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Photography by John Ross.
Track(s) taken from LSO0578
Recording details: November 2005
Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Produced by James Mallinson
Engineered by Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson
Release date: April 2006
Total duration: 38 minutes 40 seconds

'Surging rhythms that explore every conceivable movement are very much a feature of Bernard Haitink's fine new recording ... the LSO Live CD is even more compelling with the inclusion of the Triple Concerto, in a performance of chamber music lightness ... under Haitink's vigorous baton this Cinderella work sems even more underrated. Seventy-five minutes of exceptional music' (The Mail on Sunday)

'A blazing performance of the Seventh Symphony that reaches a superbly disciplined and frenzied conclusion' (BBC Music Magazine)

'He is a different, energised man, caught up in the thrill of the moment, on the podium—and it is our good fortune that these marvellous concerts will have an extended life on disc' (The Sunday Times)

'Bernard Haitink delivers a splendid interpretation of Beethoven's Seventh: taut, exciting, always musical, and in no way inhibited ... Haitink's concern for clean rhythmic articulation really pays off ... the result is truly of the highest possible standard' (

Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92
1811/2; piano arrangement by Beethoven c1815

Allegretto  [7'41]
Allegro con brio  [8'30]

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Beethoven’s Symphony No 7 was completed in 1812 and dedicated to Landgrave Moritz von Fries. This fragment – all that he managed of his only attempt at a solo piano transcription of one of his own symphonies – was undertaken by early 1815, probably in response to Diabelli’s wish to publish such an arrangement, and was published in facsimile under the present title by Willy Hess in his supplement to the Breitkopf edition of Beethoven’s complete works. It is included here for several reasons: its intrinsic interest; because it is not otherwise recorded; as a testament to Beethoven’s approval of such arrangements in general; and because the juxtaposition of Beethoven’s fragment with Liszt’s first transcription of the same material also convinces the listener of Liszt’s particular genius in the field as well as his superior fidelity to Beethoven in the text itself. Beethoven’s fascinating attempt breaks off towards the end of the Poco sostenuto. (Diabelli took over the task himself and made the first published solo piano transcription of the whole symphony, which was published in England in 1816 – as Beethoven’s Opus 98! Czerny also made an approved piano transcription, but in a version for four hands.)

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1997

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