CD Number: Telarc CD-83580
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 is, in my opinion, one of the ten best symphonies ever written. Yes, I believe he has three of the ten best, though some may argue that point with me. It has long been regarded as the "apotheosis of dance." If you are not familiar with that "A" word, look it up so you will remember it and then see if you are able to use it in conversation later in the week. Jacques Loussier is quoted as saying; "I have always been haunted by the theme of the Allegretto (second movement) from Beethoven's Seventh Symphony since I first began to play music." Appropriately or not, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 has been danced often by ballet corps. There is nothing obscure, obtuse or esoteric about this symphony. It is straightforward about raw power, vitality and unfailing rhythms. Do remember that traditionally the second movement of a symphony is the slowest, "quietest" or most dance-like of the movements.
Here I am almost a member of the fan club. I do not care for all of the ten variations equally but do appreciate all of them. That should not be a surprise as I am quite a lover of theme and variations in the classical world and the jazz world is often right next door. The piano reproduction is particularly clean and clear. The bass tends to be a bit heavy at times though it is consistent. I still wish Arpino would be spot lighted a bit more. Chalk up another for the Loussier Trio with this theme and variations. My very favorite track here is number one, listed simply as theme and goes on for almost six minutes.