"Art is a lie that tells the truth" -- Pablo Picasso
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Much as I love all the affirmation anthems in the final movement, I've always preferred the thunder and lightning of the first movement.
I've always been fond of Toscanini's quick-march interpretations of Beethoven, especially this.
I remember when I was very small, my father had an LP of Toscanini performing this symphony with the NBC orchestra. Sometimes, he would lie on the couch on a Saturday afternoon and crank this up full volume on the hi-fi, which sounded pretty loud in a small 1950s rental house in Dallas.