"Utter composure and authority drawn from a lifetime of musical exploration inform Bernard Haitink’s latest Beethoven release with the LSO. The attention to detail is breathtaking. Vintage stuff"
The Scotsman - 2 June 2006
"Bernard Haitink elicits ravishing sounds from LondonSymphony ... an undeniably great performance ... Among the hundreds of recordings of this favorite work, you really can’t do better"
Dallas Morning News - 24 July 2006
"it is hard to imagine more profoundly satisfying accounts than these ...The playing of the LSO is quite magnificent"
BBC Music Magazine - July 2006
"the second release in the already legendary series ... By theBrook has surely never been more beautifully played than it is here ... There is a creaminess about the performance that is very difficult to capture on record"
MusicOMH.com - 20 May 2006
"outstandingly well played ...There is a oneness of conception here which is superb - quite remarkable and ultimately wholly convincing. I’ll let you into a secret: I have many recordings of the Beethoven symphonies in my collection but if anyone where to ask me which version of the Pastoral Iwould recommend, I would first of all direct them to this one"
International Record Review - June 2006
"a fantastic performance - pure music-making by a great conductor and an orchestra that responds magnificently to his every request"
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Classic FM - 5-9 June 2009
"The fruitful influence of the historically minded period instrument movement on mainstream interpretation is vividly exemplified on this spanking disc by the LSO under a rejuvenated Bernard Haitink. The Second Symphony springs out at us with a freshness and intense physicality ... but also with a most sensitive attention to detail ... the Pastoral is a delight, recapturing the composer’s excitement as he arrives in his beloved countryside"
Sunday Times - 4 June 2006
Gramophone - August 2006
"simply masterful Beethoven ... Capped by a magisterial account of the Ninth Symphony, this is the Beethoven set for our time. Even if you already have umpteen other recordings of these works, you really owe it to yourself to hear this new set. It’s a deeply satisfying musical experience"
Chicago Tribune - 13 October 2006
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