Another ‘Eroica’ Symphony

Klaus Tennstedt’s recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica’, on the Profil Medien label, enters a competitive and crowded market and sadly does not quite stand out from the crowd. Perhaps the best moments are to be appreciated during the Funeral March, where Tennstedt draws from the members of the NDR Sinfonieorchester a real sense of pathos. This 1979 performance lacks the palpable sense of occasion to be had in his live recording of the same work on EMI with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (available on two disks at bargain price together with Symphonies 6 & 8).

On the plus side the performance of the Coriolan Overture has more to offer and rounds off the CD admirably. However, you might choose to spend your money elsewhere.