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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 in A, op. 92, II: Allegretto, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Kleiber, cond.

In this recording, the string parts are played pizzicato all the way to the end of the movement instead of returning to arco for its last few bars as indicated by the score. Compare this to a performance that follows the score’s instructions.

um all the string parts are playing arco…. There is no pizzicato in this

Listen to the last 10 seconds or so of the track; it’s there. There is also a video of Kleiber conducting this—the camera angle is terrible, but starting at 7:48 you should notice the violins plucking instead of bowing their strings. The view is better at 7:20, but (if memory serves) pizzicato is indicated by the score here.

Kleiber isn’t the only one to conduct this way either. Of the recordings I have, Otto Klemperer does the pizzicato as well.

(this post was reblogged from thosefourstrings)

167 musicians play the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on theremins housed in Russian nesting dolls. I think the appropriate reaction is “wat?”

(h/t Mental Floss)

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 8 in F, op. 93, I: Allegro vivace e con brio, North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Günter Wand, cond.


Best farewell I have seen! Although I love Haydn and baroque music, I just watch his “Farewell” symphony to see how funny/unfunny the musicans’ make their leaving gestures. 

(this post was reblogged from fyeahclassicalcomposers)
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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastorale,” V: Shepherd’s Song: Happy and Thankful Feeling after the Storm, Allegretto, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm, cond.

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Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88, I: Allegro con brio, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek, cond.

Until the latest round of news, this is the only Libor I had ever heard of (and it’s pronounced lee-bor, not lye-bor).

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Carl Nielsen (born June 9, 1865), Symphony No. 4, op. 29 “The Inextinguishable,” IV: Allegro, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle, cond.

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Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 3 in C, op. 52, I: Allegro moderato, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, cond.

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W.A. Mozart, Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183, I: Allegro con brio, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, dir.

Happy birthday Wolfie, you don’t look a day over 35.

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Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70, III: Scherzo–vivace, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek, cond.