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Seen and Heard Concert Review
Haitink’s Beethoven II: London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Barbican, 21.11.2005 (TJH)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Eb
What better way could there
be to demonstrate the revolutionary nature of Beethoven’s
Third Symphony than by preceding it with his Second?
The two symphonies seem so far apart in terms of
style and ambition that it is hard to believe they were
written just one year apart: where the Second is playful
and rather inconsequential, the Third is a frontal assault
on the entire Classical symphonic tradition, stretching
it and remoulding it into something quite new, something
that had greater impact on symphonic thought than any
other piece in the repertoire.