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Old 08-10-2017, 08:35 PM   #5
NickMDal
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Thanks, how interesting! I just listened to the Gardner version https://youtu.be/lnYCGF4I5vc?t=8m35s

To me, the faster tempo kind of works in the second movement. It's still enjoyable, but it feels like being rushed through an art gallery.

I lose quite a bit of the emotional connection to the gorgeous crescendo in the first movement - that starts at about 4:15. My emotions drag a few beats behind the musicians so that I don't feel it nearly as much.

BW/CSO recordings surely would have benefited from being sped up at places. Any idea why Beethoven set such a zippy tempo?
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