Beethoven YouTube

April 13, 2007

The late Carlos Kleiber conducts the Second Movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Science fiction film aficionados may recognise the music from John Boorman’s ill-fated (but, IMHO, seriously under-rated) Zardoz.

It has all the maestro’s characteristics: sharp dynamics, crisp tempi, and an absolute refusal to give way to sentiment — preserving both the sense of melancholy, and the spirit of dance. Masterly, indeed.


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