Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Vladimir Ashkenazy recorded three of the Beethoven symphonies for Decca and this coupling of two of the most popular date from the early 1980s. They are grand and expressive readings, at once thrilling and visionary.

“the slow movement […] has that feeling of spontaneous live performance which has marked most of Ashkenazy’s conducting on record … The recording […] is wide-ranging in the spread of stereo and warmly atmospheric” Gramophone Magazine (Symphony No. 5)

“a warmly spontaneous, generally direct reading taken at sensible unexaggerated speeds […] there are few modern Beethoven recordings so satisfying or more alive than this with sound – recorded in Kingsway Hall – which sets new standards against any rival version, full and spacious yet warmly co-ordinated” Gramophone Magazine, November 1984 (Symphony No. 7)

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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Vol. 2

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Vol. 2


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93


This is the second volume in the Copenhagen Phil's complete Beethoven symphonies set.

Contains the best loved of all his symphonies - the so-called "Pastorale".

The orchestra uses trombones that are from the same period as the ones that Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn were familiar with, leading to a beautifully blended sound that isn't usually heard in these symphonies.

“Stylish, well-focused playing and conducting” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

Orchid Classics - ORC100059

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


Nikolaus Harnoncourt is celebrated as one of the most influential musical personalities of the second-half of the twentieth century, and this new release is the last recording made by the great conductor, having announcing his retirement in December 2015. It is also the first time Harnoncourt conducts Beethoven's symphonies 4 and 5 with Concentus Musicus Vienna, which he founded in 1953 and now is the longest existing period instrument ensemble.

A pioneer of the early music movement, he founded the period-instrument ensemble Concentus Musicus Wien in 1953 with his wife, Alice Hoffelner. After 60 years of conducting this ensemble, and a life-long study of the last three Mozart Symphonies, he now felt the time is right to make his last statement and record these works. Harnoncourt always wanted to record these works on historical instruments. For him it is the only way to demonstrate Beethoven's radicalism in sound. After sixty years of playing and conducting Beethoven's music, this release is Harnoncourt’s definitive view on Beethoven‘s symphonies.

In the booklet note Harnoncourt declares, that Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 has been completely misunderstood. It has nothing to do with destiny, but tells the story of “the revolt of the masses”. He understands this symphony as Beethoven’s greatest political statement.

The album is a live-recording from two sold-out concerts at the Musikverein Vienna, considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, due to its highly regarded acoustics.

“The speeds are not different to the earlier set, but the transparency and detailing of the instruments has a cinematic quality. From the sublimely mysterious opening of the Fourth, to the electric coda of the last movement of the Fifth with added pauses, this recording burns with intensity and vitality.” The Guardian, 21st February 2016 *****

“The new account of the Fourth Symphony nicely complements the older Chamber Orchestra of Europe version...What is different is a more purposeful tread to the rhythms and some fresh voicings of wind and brass...I’m rather relieved to hear Harnoncourt going out with a bang rather than a whimper. He is too courageous a musician to have done anything less.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“This is Beethoven raw at the edges, the Symphony No. 4 bristling with a truculent, elbow-in-the-ribs kind of humour and a Symphony No. 5 with a taste for melodrama, honking horns, hammer-blow accents and sudden gasps for breath.” Financial Times, 12th February 2016 ****

“the Fourth Symphony is as good a new version as I've heard in a long time…the kind of performance that brings back the sense of discovery and surprise to a slightly over-familiar score” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 *****

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


SAN FRANCISCO: Conductor Manfred Honeck writes in his fascinating and thorough music notes: “A recording of Beethoven is always a great occasion and event. The marrying of the music’s historic interpretation with the brilliance of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s playing and the fantastic technique of Soundmirror have made this recording,

comprised of three live concerts from December 2014, possible. It has been a joy to look deeply into that which Beethoven has composed, while also discovering the sense and content of the music and thus the reason why it has been written. For me, this is always the most beautiful part of the creative process.”

This release is the fourth in the highly acclaimed Pittsburgh Live! series of multi-channel hybrid SACD releases on the FRESH! series from Reference Recordings. Each, including the newest Bruckner 4 (FR713SACD) has received dozens of critical accolades. Dvořák/Janáček (FR710SACD), garnered a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Orchestral Performance. Since 1896, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence, a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. Past music directors have included many of the greats, including Fritz Reiner (1938-1948), William Steinberg (1952-1976), Andre Previn (1976-1984), Lorin Maazel (1984-1996) and Mariss Jansons (1995-2004). This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

The orchestra has been at the forefront of championing new American works, and gave the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” in 1944, and John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” in 1986. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the Pittsburgh Symphony broadcast on the airwaves coast-to-coast and in the late 1970s it made the groundbreaking PBS series “Previn and the Pittsburgh.” The orchestra has received increased national attention since 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International, produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, which are made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

This release and the entire Pittsburgh Live! series are recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera and chamber recordings have received more than 70 Grammy nominations and awards. Soundmirror has recorded for every major classical record label, now including Reference Recordings.

FRESH! is part of Reference Recordings’ mission to encourage unique and fine artists, and give them a strong platform for promotion and sales nationally and internationally.

“A shining example of a conductor who understands the works from inside out” Musical Opinion, July 2016 ****

“Ninety seconds is all it takes to understand that Manfred Honeck’s is no sanitized Beethoven: the plethora of colorations, articulations and moods through which he forces the Fifth’s famous motto sees to that. Every phrase, every balance has been thought through in interventionist readings that are idiosyncratic but fully attuned to the spirit, if not the letter, of the scores.” New York Times, 25th November 2015

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Reference Recordings Pittsburgh Live! - FR718

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


RCA - 88875087872

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 7 & Leonore Overture

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 7 & Leonore Overture


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a


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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

Recorded live in Carnegie Hall, New York City in October 2011


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


Nearly twenty years after their acclaimed Beethoven Symphonies recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique returned to this repertoire for the first time last year, in a tour that took them to London, Philadelphia, Washington and New York. The concert in Carnegie Hall was broadcast live by WQXR, who kindly agreed to make the recording available to us to release on our label.

Sir John Eliot’s Gardiner’s reading of these familiar pieces highlights their revolutionary origin.

Performing on period instruments, the ORR brings light, clarity and brisk energy, as well as a warm and genuinely thrilling sound.

The Seventh, famously described by Wagner as the “apotheosis of the dance”, stands out by its sheer physical energy expressed in its many obsessively repetitive passages. The Fifth, often considered to be a deeply personal piece, also reveals echoes of revolutionary songs.

The album is packaged in a digipack and contains a 36 pages booklet with original notes by BBC presenter and music journalist Stephen Johnson.

“the electricity in the air is almost tangible. Gardiner is merciless in his demands...The tempo is often exhilarating, the playing always vital, edgy and thrillingly fluent. This is the most exciting Beethoven release you are likely to hear this year.” The Observer, 14th October 2012

“The pace still feels driven, the tension high, but there’s a greater sense of fun and a touch more colour now. You sense that Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique now have these difficult pieces under their collective skin, and can now project them with a little more spontaneity and freedom. This Fifth seethes, bubbles and spits in places...Symphony no 7 is better still, its rapt introduction leading to an astonishing, punchy Vivace.” The Arts Desk, 20th October 2012

“Even if Weber didn’t make the famous remark attributed to him — “Beethoven is ripe for the madhouse” — you can understand his reaction. Played as the ORR play it, it can still make your hair stand on end.” Sunday Times, 28th October 2012

“The execution is fabulous, the (superlative) stylistic foundation always at the service of the music’s rhythm, energy and inner logic...With every performance of these symphonies, the listener ought to be taken aback at the revolutionary force of Beethoven’s language. Where many fail, Gardiner succeeds.” Financial Times, 24th November 2012 ****

“So palpable is the excitement of these live performances that it almost comes as a shock that the applause has been excised...Gardiner and his resplendent Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique rejoice here in the sheer physicality of the music...These are the kind of performances that remind us of what a revolution of reassessment period-instrument bands provoke.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“after hearing these explosive, invigorating and electrifying performances, we are reminded once again of the ferocious intensity that must have shell-shocked 19th-century Viennese audiences...Gardiner brings tremendous rhythmic drive and irresistable forward momentum to both Symphonies and revels in the sheer audacity of Beethoven's orchestration” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 ****

“These are thrusting, dynamic performances...though the music is played very speedily there’s no skating over Beethoven’s drama and argument.” MusicWeb International, November 2012

“If you're looking for an alternative take on these two symphonies, then this live recording with John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique is ideal. The period-instrument orchestra bring a pleasing clarity to the textures, and Gardiner's often swift tempos (for example in the outer movements of the Fifth) brush away any cobwebs that might have been allowed to accumulate over the years.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 - 6

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 - 6


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'


Sony Thielemann Beethoven Symphonies - 88697975322

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Herbert Blomstedt 85th Anniversary Edition

Herbert Blomstedt 85th Anniversary Edition


Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

Jürgen Wolf (organ)

Motet BWV228 'Fürchte dich nicht'

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

GewandhausKammerchor & Thomaner Chor Leipzig

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

Victoria Mullova (violin)

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Recorded live at St Thomas’s Church, Leipzig, May 2005

Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Anna Larsson (alto), Christoph Genz (tenor) & Dietrich Henschel (bass)

GewandhausKammerchor & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Dona Nobis Pacem

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

GewandhausKammerchor & Thomaner Chor Leipzig

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

Mendelssohn:

Elias Op. 70: Hore Israel (aria), Furchte Dich Nicht (chorus)

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

GewandhausKammerchor & Thomaner Chor Leipzig


With this recording, Herbert Blomstedt pays homage to Bach and the city of Leipzig. One part of the Blu-ray Disc was recorded in 2005 at the Leipzig Bach Festival, which is widely regarded as the world’s leading festival celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach.

This concert of Bach’s masterwork, written at the end of his tenure as the 18th Gewandhauskapellmeister did not really mark the end of Blomstedt’s fruitful collaboration with the traditional orchestra. The Swedish conductor will continue to act as an honorary musical director to the ensemble. Performed with leading Bach singers at St. Thomas’ Church, Leipzig, the church for which Bach conceived his works, this homage to Bach was a touching farewell to Herbert Blomstedt from his Leipzig audience. J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor is one of the greatest and most famous works of sacred music.

The other part of the Blu-ray Disc was recorded at the 9th October Memorial Concert of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Thomanerchores. These began with the "Monday demonstration" of 9 October 1989, just one month before the fall of the Berlin wall.

Bonus: Bach and his B minor Mass – An introduction by Herbert Blomstedt.

Picture format: 1080i - 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo • DTS-HD Master Audio

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, Dutch (Documentary)

English, German, French, Latin (Mass in B minor)

Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Running Time: 195 mins, plus Bonus 21 mins

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

EuroArts - 2059234

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'


Major documents from Rudolf Kempe's later years at the head of the Munich Philharmonic. Beethoven's Fifth, that masterpiece of emotional tension, and his Sixth, all vivid depiction of nature, are both readings of maturity and perfection.

Warner Classics Red Line - 6023032

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