Beethoven : Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"

Beethoven : Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"


Hermann Scherchen and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra (1958)

Westminster 14045

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) composed the Symphony No. 3 in 1803–1804; it is grounded in the Classical symphonic tradition while also stretching boundaries of form, length, harmony, and perceived emotional content. It has therefore widely been considered an important landmark in the transition between the Classical period and the Romantic era.

Hermann Scherchen's status as a great conductor has been somewhat re-established nowadays and this timely reminder of his greatness as a Beethoven interpreter finds its way onto this splendid Westminster LP from Speakers Corner. As usual, the pressing is truly impeccable, without any sort of surface noise whatsoever and with a brilliant sound that was typical of the best Westminster LPs.

Scherchen's interpretation is fast and furious with the movements fairly rushing by, but there is no denying the visceral excitement that he whips up especially in the coda of the monumental First Movement. The Marcia Funebre is also distinct for its grandeur and spirit, yet it is also quite rushed, adding to its almost mystical nature. The final two movements have Scherchen in Karajan-esque mould yet I will be wont to say that I prefer this great maestro in the Finale where he is almost unrestrained in his speed, creating an unforgettable conclusion.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under