A high-intensity classical explosion.

Beethoven Leonore Overture; Korngold Concerto for Violin; Beethoven Symphony No. 5 [no label, 2CD]
Live at the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas, November 1, 2012. Broadcast January 21, 2013. Excellent FM stereo.

“On Sunday afternoon, the Beethoven works were given full-throttle readings, and the Korngold sounded simultaneously detailed yet carefree. This was, along with a scintillating Pines of Rome back in September, the most brilliant playing I’ve heard from the DSO this season, and Ms Hahn stood out as one of the best out of the uniformly phenomenal soloists who’ve come to town recently.

“Mr van Zweden performs Beethoven in streamlined, fiery interpretations, and brought forth an iconoclastic heroism in both the overture and the symphony. Generally speaking, immaculate care was taken with dynamics, although the coda of the overture (marked ‘Presto’) should begin pianissimo, as the previous section ended, but today it was played at a healthy mezzo-forte. Thus a suspenseful and magical transition was sacrificed, it seemed, in order to show off the orchestra’s technical polish, although it’s possible there is a good reason to read it the way Mr van Zweden did.”

Concert review by Evan Mitchell at bachtrack.com

What is it about Texas, the Lone Star state? Big population, big land area and this “huge” reading of Beethoven’s Fifth that’s electrifying. This is the one that goes “Ta Ta Ta Taaaa…” Give your stereo a good workout, play this loud. Master violinist Hilary Hahn’s reading of Korngold also gets ready support from the DSO. Aggressive. Thanks to jingledale for sharing this radio recording.

BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3, Opus 72b
KORNGOLD: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Opus 35
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67

Disc 1 (44:42)
Track 101. Intro [2:06]
Track 102. Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3 [13:17]
Track 103. Intro [3:21]
Track 104. Korngold – Violin Concerto I – Moderato nobile [8:55]
Track 105. Korngold – Violin Concerto II – Romanze Andante [8:03]
Track 106. Korngold – Violin Concerto III – Finale Allegro assai vivace [7:00]
Track 107. Outro [2:00]

Disc 2 (41:24)
Track 201. Intro [0:59]
Track 202. Beethoven – Symphony 5 I – Allegro con brio [6:42]
Track 203. Beethoven – Symphony 5 II – Andante con moto [8:23]
Track 204. Beethoven – Symphony 5 III – Scherzo. Allegro [3:21]
Track 205. Beethoven – Symphony 5 IV – Allegro [10:49]
Track 206. Outro [2:47]
Track 207. Hilary Hahn Interview [8:24]

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