Beethoven’s evocative “Egmont Overture,” performed by the New York Philharmonic on January 14, 1930. Few composers have been able to traverse such dramatic plateaus and valleys so effortlessly as our good old Ludwig Van. The dynamic range of this great orchestra going full bore on this work is breathtaking.
A sublime rendition of Beethoven’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, for Violin and Orchestra, recorded in 1936 by The London Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir John Barbirolli conducted and the great Fritz Kreisler was the featured violinist. A faithful yet passionate interpretation of one of Beethoven’s most evocative violin works. Ausgeszeignet.
I. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Rondo (Allegro)
Here is an absolutely stellar performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5, in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”), by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by George Szell, featuring Benno Moiseivitch on piano. The audio quality is superb, especially when you consider this was recorded in 1938 and only much later transferred to a digital medium. Here are all three movements, in two high resolution mp3s. Magnificent.