LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - SYMPHONIES NOS. 7 & 8 - BRUNO WEIL (Conductor) - TAFELMUSIK ORCHESTRA -
I never thought I would say this, but now that I have heard this new October 2008 recording by the Canadian
baroque orchestra Tafelmusik, I must admit that I like the sound of Beethoven on period instruments.
It should come as no surprise, because Tafelmusik's previous sortie into Beethoven territory, a recording of Symphonies
5 & 6, was given a Juno award a couple of years ago, as best "recording of the year".
Bruno Weil's direction here is always clean, upbeat and yet still full of drama and storm when required, with all
the strands of the orchestration well laid-out before us. He doesn't try to fuss over details or bend notes for
effect like some other newcomers to these symphonies have been doing.
Analekta have captured a crisp and lively sound, that suits the use of these period instruments very well. This
release includes a bonus DVD filled with rehearsals and performances of the symphonies, along with interesting
interviews with the principals involved in this fine production.