Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Piano Sonata, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier) (orch. Weingartner),

COMPOSERS: Beethoven
LABELS: Naxos Historical
WORKS: Symphony No. 5; Piano Sonata, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier) (orch. Weingartner),
PERFORMER: LPO, RPO/Felix Weingartner
CATALOGUE NO: 8.110913
Beethoven is a constant in historical reissues and both Ancerl and Weingartner have an old-fashioned approach to the Fifth Symphony, though it’s Weingartner, often seen as the archetype of German Classical conducting, who is freer with rubato: Ancerl, with his richer orchestral sound, plays the music much straighter. His fill-ups are a rather sober account of the Fourth Piano Concerto and a poised Second Romance from Oistrakh: the real point of interest on the Weingartner disc is his orchestration of the Hammerklavier Sonata, an experience like seeing an old friend in heavy disguise, but worth sampling in a good transfer at budget price.