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Ludwig van Beethoven

Contemporary Arrangements for Chamber Ensemble

  • Pathétique Sonata, Op. 13
  • Symphony #8 in F Major, Op. 93
  • Symphony #1 in C Major, Op. 21
Locrian Ensemble
Guild GMCD7274 70m DDD
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Another original issue from the Guild stable, this time dedicated to chamber arrangements of key Beethoven works.

The sublime pianism of the 'Pathétique' does not always translate so well to the quintet but the originality of the arrangement is rather striking.

The symphonies sound much better, also due to the fact that these works are quite chamber-like in their basic plan. The Eighth is delightful whilst the First is also pretty ravishing, especially in the joyous Finale.

The Locrian Ensemble play with great verve and empathy and Guild's recording is pretty excellent. Chamber music lovers will most definitely be enthused by this prospect.

Copyright © 2004, Gerald Fenech