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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies & Selected Overtures

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies & Selected Overtures

From the legendary Oct-Dec 1939 cycle: new 2013 digital transfers


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Egmont Overture, Op. 84


By 1939, after more than half a century on the podium and more than four decades conducting Beethoven, Toscanini’s approach to interpreting the canon could hardly have avoided extensive change and development. Precisely how he performed the symphonies early in the century is inevitably to some degree a matter of speculation, since no recordings survive from the first half of his career. This fine release can of course be judge and throughout the years this 1939 cycle recorded between October and December has been described as ‘legendary’.

“a remarkable testament to Toscanini” MusicWeb International

“The greatest Beethoven cycle around”” classicalsource.com

“Toscanini conducts the NBC Symphony Orchestra in this set from 1939 which for many is still the benchmark when it comes to conducting and performing Beethoven. Movements such as the last movement of the Second and the Scherzo of the Fifth are full of fire and riveting momentum. Considering the age of the set, the recorded sound is quite stunning.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical

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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies and Selected Overtures

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies and Selected Overtures

Recorded at the Vienna Festival 1960


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Wilma Lipp (soprano), Ursula Boese (contralto), Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Franz Crass (bass)

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62


Colin Anderson writes: “Beethoven’s music is presented as rough-hewn, yet not without its own beauty, lyricism and consolation alongside its heroic and humanistic characteristics…” The soloists in Symphony No.9 include Fritz Wunderlich.

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Beethoven: Eroica Symphony

Beethoven: Eroica Symphony


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62


Recorded 1938, 1948 & 1953

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Two legendary performances from the New York Met, 1941 & 1951


February 22, 1941 broadcast: Kirsten Flagstad (Leonore), René Maison (Florestan), Julius Huehn (Don Pizarro), Alexander Kipnis (Rocco), Marita Farell (Marzelline), Karl Laufkoetter (Jaquino), Herbert Janssen (Don Fernando). March 10, 1951 matinee broadcast: Kirsten Flagstad (Leonore), Set Svanholm (Florestan), Dezsö Ernster (Rocco), Paul Schöffler (Pizarro), Nadine Conner (Marzelline), Peter Klein (Jaquino), Jerome Hines (Fernando)

Metropolitan Opera, Bruno Walter

“Two live Met versions (1941 and 1951) of Beethoven's opera show little diminution in the power of Flagstad's Leonore and Walter's conducting. Good sound.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006 ****

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis & Choral Fantasia

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis & Choral Fantasia


Beethoven:

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Zinka Milanov (soprano), Bruna Castagna (mezzo), Jussi Björling (tenor), Alexander Kipnis (bass)

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Ania Dorfman (piano)


"I can think of no better introduction to Toscanini for a listener who is curious to know why so many considered him the greatest conductor of his time.”

--William H. Youngren in The Christian Science Monitor

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 5

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 5


Beethoven:

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

1st March 1948 (live)

Birgit Nilsson (soprano), Lisa Tunnel (contralto), Gösta Bäckelin (tenor), Sigurd Björling (bass)

Stockholm PO & Chorus Stockholm, Konzerthuset

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

4th April 1955 (live)

Köln RSO


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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)


Claude Frank (piano)

Reissue of the celebrated 1971 RCA LP set. Digitally refurbished.

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Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7

Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 - 2 movements

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Recorded 1947

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Performed in memory of Arturo Toscanini

Carnegie Hall, 1957


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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'


Maria Stader (soprano), Katharina Marti (mezzo), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor), Heinz Rehfuss (bass)

L´Union chorale de La-Tour-de-Peilz, Choeur de Chailly-sur-Clarens & Orchestre National de France, Carl Schuricht

(Previously unissued public performance Montreux, Pavillon du Festival, 12/9/1954)

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