This was a happy find for me. I’d come across a copy of this record before, but sold it off in a lot of classical LPs and realized afterwards I had made a big mistake. For a short bit I was reselling some things on Ebay, which is tricky for me because sometimes I would get attached to a record and have a hard time parting with it. I did listen to that first copy and really loved it. Had never heard this version of Beethoven’s Third before. I made myself sell it anyway, but then seriously regretted it. Temporary insanity I guess, especially considering how much I love this piece! So I was really pleased to find another copy.
Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 3 (also known as the “Eroica” Symphony) is possibly my favorite of Beethoven’s symphonies. Apart from the fact that it’s simply an astonishing piece of music, I’ve always connected with this piece. Back in my college days I played bass in the orchestra, and it was a real thrill when we performed this piece. The third (Scherzo) movement especially always does it for me. It’s a pretty wild ride– a blast to play and a blast to listen to. Which brings me to an unusual association I have with this piece. Check the video below and you’ll hear it come in at about the :57 mark.
Haha…okay, that’s a little silly, but as a huge Yes fan I had to at least mention it. 🙂 This comes from a 1984 live video called 9012Live, that I practically wore out “back in the day”.
Anyway, back to the record…This particular recording is just terrific. An engaging performance and nice sound too (though definitely “of an era”). The copy I have now is the mono version, whereas I’m pretty sure the one I had previously was stereo. This is a nice clean copy with not too many crackles.
I’m back in business, baby!
The Verdict: SCORE!
My Cost: 50¢