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200 years ago on 8 December 1813, Beethoven's Symphony No.7 was premiered. Both dramatic and dance-like, the Symphony was put to stirring use in The King's Speech. Here are 10 very different recordings of this great work.
From a number of recordings the mighty Karajan made of the Beethoven symphonies, the 1961-1962 set stands out. For a work described by Wagner as the ‘apotheosis of the dance’, Karajan’s rendition of Symphony No. 7 is suitably rich and rhythmic.
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