Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 and 5
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
BIS SACD 1416
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
The Minnesota Orchestra and Music Director Osmo Vänskä's first CD together: an all-Beethoven disc featuring the Fourth and Fifth symphonies. Recorded at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in April 2004 using Super Audio CD technology, the disc was the first album in a five-year, five-disc cycle designed to record the complete Beethoven symphonies.
Recorded on the Swedish-based BIS label, an audiophile label known for its high quality, the Minnesota Orchestra Beethoven collection is one of the first complete cycles of Beethoven's symphonies recorded in Surround Sound.
"Here is the modern Beethoven recording par excellence..."
—Andrew Clark, London Financial Times, February 15, 2005
"...the whole orchestra shines in majestic joy without appearing at all self-important. This is something that Mr. Vänskä excels at over and over here: creating a sense of impending event, then delivering even more than he promised..."
—Anne Midgette, The New York Times, March 6, 2005