Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92 - South German Philharmonic/Karl Ristenpart; Coriolan Overture, Op. 62; Egmont Overture, Op. 84 - Vienna Festival Orchestra/Josef Krips
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KHCD-2012-054DL (STEREO) - Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92 - South German Philharmonic/Karl Ristenpart; Coriolan Overture, Op. 62; Egmont Overture, Op. 84 - Vienna Festival Orchestra/Josef Krips - At last, the elusive Checkmate recording of Beethoven's 7th, with Karl Ristenpart conducting the South German Philharmonic (the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra under a contractual name), restored to pristine sound. Marc J. Aubort was the original engineer of the hard -to-find LP (as well as the rest of the Checkmate series); a discreet bit of low end was added to the otherwise pleasant acoustic. Lyrical, with plenty of inner voice details abounding, and a simply well-rounded interpretation make this a true find worth keeping. The disc is filled out with Josef Krips' compelling readings of the Coriolan and Egmont overtures, derived from a Vanguard LP. Great music making!