HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (Giulini)

I know, someone here will not agree completely with me, but for me this is
the best LvB’s 5th. In the first movement the DA DA DA DUUUM is in fact soft pedal-ed. Especially the second time it is played: It sounds more like “DAA DUU….DAA DUU”. WHICH IS AWESOME!!! Giulini is doing something DIFFERENT, something Wonderful, which would be stupid if it didn’t TOTALLY work with the way the rest of the first movement is presented. The longer I’m alive, the more I realize that the movements the great composers wrote are complete statements. Giulini makes it clear that the motif that everybody remembers is the least important part, or, actually not that, it’s all important, but that the last minute or so is THE STUFF.
Overall, this is just AMAZING. Criticisms of Giulini are often right on the mark. His Eroica with the same orchestra is almost ridiculous in it’s SLOW deliberateness . This performance is however not slow (except for the second movement, which is still wonderfully played), not soft-edged and not ponderous.
Best EVER transition between the 3rd and 4th movements and the BEST final few seconds.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
Vinyl 1982
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR 12
Size: 708 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


  Symphonie Nr. 5 C-moll Op. 67  
A1 1. Allegro Con Brio 7:20
A2 2. Andante Con Moto 11:21
B1 3. Allegro 5:34
B2 4. Allegro 12:03


Analyzed folder: /96k LvB – Symphony No. 5 – Giulini
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR12        -0.89 dB     -17.48 dB     A1 Symphonie Nr. 5 C-moll Op. 67 – 1. Allegro Con Brio.aif
DR13        -0.76 dB     -20.33 dB     A2 Symphonie Nr. 5 C-moll Op. 67 – 2. Andante Con Moto.aif
DR12        -2.57 dB     -21.36 dB     B1 Symphonie Nr. 5 C-moll Op. 67 – 3. Allegro.aif
DR12        -0.83 dB     -16.11 dB     B2 Symphonie Nr. 5 C-moll Op. 67 – 4. Allegro.aif
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR12


  • Art Direction – Lutz Bode
  • Artwork By – Karl Truppe
  • Composed By – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Conductor – Carlo Maria Giulini
  • Design – Werner Koberstein
  • Edited By [Editing] – Christopher Alder
  • Engineer [Recording Engineer] – Hans-Peter Schweigmann
  • Liner Notes [In English, Translated In Italian] – Bernard Jacobson
  • Liner Notes [In German, Translated In French] – Hans-Werner Küthen
  • Liner Notes [Traduction:] – Jacques Fournier
  • Liner Notes [Traduzione:] – Silvia Gaddini
  • Orchestra – Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Producer [Production] – Günther Breest
  • Recording Supervisor – Hans Weber


Ripping Info


  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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15 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (Giulini)”

  1. Thanks,
    Doesn’t displace Carlos Kleiber’s interpretation (the VPO is a much better orchestra as well) nor for that matter Klemperer’s mid 1950’s mono version but there is much to enjoy from CMG’s well thought out view of the work. Still better than many performances I’ve heard.

  2. Subjective micro distinctions aside, this Beethoven’s 5th is like a fine wine that pleases very much.
    A big thank you to you for providing both the music and the Hi Def, and the commentary.
    It is well worth having this 5th.

    1. What is so ‘micro’ about comparing one performance of a piece to another in general terms? It wasn’t as if I was comparing the interpretation of short sections of an individual movements or something. That is ‘micro’.

      Just asking…..
      Have a good day!

      1. Calm down, friend. Bob’s comment wasn’t a reply to your comment. It was his own comment, nothing more and nothing less…otherwise he would have mentioned your nick.

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