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Classical - Released January 27, 2017 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released November 16, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released September 21, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released March 14, 2008 | Sony Classical

A longtime leader of Italy's early music movement, Giovanni Antonini conducts the exceptional Kammerorchester Basel in historically informed performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, "Eroica," and the Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, and makes a convincing case for following period practice in these works. Listeners will note that Antonini's tempos are extraordinarily brisk, his textures utterly transparent, his rhythms crisp and precise, and his handling of form cogent and well-balanced, and that this period-instrument ensemble plays with exceptional energy, clarity, and force, which is all one would expect of authentic performances. Furthermore, all repeats are taken, and the interpretations are decidedly Apollonian in temperament, rather than Dionysian, in keeping with the notion that Beethoven was still a Classical composer at the time he composed these symphonies, not a Romantic avant la lettre. Unlike many of his mainstream contemporaries, Antonini doesn't pick and choose between schools of thought, but is completely consistent in his approach and makes his intentions plain, so listeners can be sure that this recording is as close to authentic as scholarship allows, and not some middle-of-the-road compromise aimed at the mass market. Sony's sound is remarkably spacious and ideally suited in resonance and depth to this orchestra's highly varied palette.

Classical - Released October 26, 2018 | Sony Classical

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