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Old 08-10-2017, 08:35 PM   #5
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Thanks, how interesting! I just listened to the Gardner version

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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