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

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Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven & Shchedrin

Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven & Shchedrin


Beethoven:

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

Shchedrin:

Beethovens Heiligenstädter Testament


The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has already performed Beethoven symphony cycles on several occasions. Mariss Jansons has now extended the cycle concept in two respects: with works specially commissioned from contemporary composers, who have contributed their own musical reflections on Beethoven symphonies, and by presenting these outstanding concert events on the record market as a series of live recordings. Following the excellent response from critics and audiences for the award-winning Complete Edition (BR-KLASSIK, 900119), BR-KLASSIK now presents the symphonies on individual CDs. The first of these is the Symphony No 3 in E Flat, op 55, in a live recording made in 2012 in Munich's Herkulessaal, accompanied by a work of the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin (born 1932). For his symphonic fragment "Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament," Schedrin has selected the devastating document – written around the same time as the Eroica – in which the composer described the progressive deafness that almost drove him to suicide.

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BR Klassik - 900134

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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Vol. 1

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Vol. 1


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

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

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


Copenhagen Phil, Lan Shui

The first in the CPH Phil’s complete Beethoven symphony series with renowned Chinese conductor Lan Shui.

Featuring original brass and percussion instruments leading to a unique and compelling sound.

The CPH Phil has a strong internet presence and their flash mob video of “Morning” from Peer Gynt on YouTube has garnered more than 10 million views.

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Orchid Classics - ORC100045

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3, 7, 8 & Consecration of the House Overture

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3, 7, 8 & Consecration of the House Overture


Beethoven:

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

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93


Except among record collectors and an ever dwindling number of music lovers who were lucky enough to have heard him conduct in public prior to his death in 1955, Van Kempen remains little more than a name in a book. The reasons for his relative obscurity are not that difficult to understand. Outside The Netherlands and Germany he had no career to speak of, and during his prime he conducted in wartime Europe, which was hardly the ideal place from which to spread his fame throughout the English-speaking world. Yet on the evidence of a handful of extraordinary commercial recordings made between 1951 and the year of his death, Van Kempen was clearly one of the most distinctive musical minds of his generation and one of the most individual Tchaikovsky conductors the century has known.

Following the very popular release of Paul van Kempen’s Tchaikovsky recordings with the Concertgebouw Orchestra on Philips (Decca Eloquence 480 8536), we now present the three Beethoven symphonies (Nos. 3, 7 and 8, recorded in 1951 and 1953) he made for Philips, coupled with his 1952 Deutsche Grammophon recording of ‘The Consecration of the House’ Overture. The mono sound is vibrant and the performances, all with the Berliner Philharmoniker, are insightful, passionate and thrilling.

“this is an outstanding issue. […] Van Kempen and the Berlin orchestra do indeed play the work in a wonderfully sensitive manner” Gramophone Magazine, December 1954 (Symphony No. 3)

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Australian Eloquence - ELQ4820270

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Beethoven Explored Volume 6

Beethoven Explored Volume 6


Beethoven:

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

arranged for piano quartet


Peter Sheppard Skaerved (violin), Dov Scheindlin (viola), Neil Heyde (cello), Aaron Shorr (piano)

Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony was written in 1803 and published in 1806; he insisted that versions for piano and for string quintet also be published. However in 1807 when the chamber version appeared, it was a piano quartet. It is not known whether Beethoven prepared this himself but as an anonymous piece it is quite groundbreaking, unique and like nothing written before. In its own right it is a masterful chamber work.

Importantly, this is NOT the arrangement by Ferdinand Ries published 50 years later, though there are some similarities. This early work is to our mind far superior and this is the World Premiere recording.

Skaerved and Shorr have presented the previous 5 volumes in this series to acclaim, and are joined by Kreutzer Quartet cellist Neil Heyde and the American Dov Scheindlin: an ‘extraordinary violist’ (New York Times)

“[This] is a disc which is worth having no matter how many versions you have of the original.” MusicWeb International, April 2015

Metier Beethoven Explored - MSVCD2008

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Pierre Monteux a Amsterdam

Pierre Monteux a Amsterdam


Beethoven:

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

(played as a tribute to President Kennedy, assassinated two days earlier)

Berlioz:

Harold en Italie, Op. 16: Sérénade

Klaas Boon (viola)

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (extract)

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)


Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Pierre Monteux

Tahra - TAH766/767

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Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms, Schoenberg & Beethoven

Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms, Schoenberg & Beethoven


Beethoven:

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

Brahms:

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Schoenberg:

Orchestral Interlude (from Gurrelieder)

Lied der Waldtaube (from Gurrelieder)

Mihoko Fujimura (alto)


With his very own “mysterious seductive power and legendary elegance” (Le Monde), Claudio Abbado opened for the last time the LUCERNE FESTIVAL in the summer of 2013. Only a few months later, the world had to bid farewell to a monumental artist, humanist, great conductor and orchestra founder. Even in the concert itself, documented here, lived a moment of farewell, as the three great works performed tell of the transience of life. The centerpiece of the Eroica is the funeral march revealing “abysses of shattering dimension” - an “intense experience” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). This record, the last audio-visual documentation of his work, captures once again the extraordinary atmosphere of “vibrant emotionality” that always emerged when Abbado created music with his “orchestra of friends”.

Picture Format Blu-ray: NTSC 16:9, Full HD

Sound Formats Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 100:12 min

Disc Format: BD 25

“A theme of mortality lends the concert a chilling frisson, but Abbado’s strength of ideas and his ability to communicate them with such focus are the overriding qualities as you watch him in action here...These are superb performances, utterly gripping from beginning to end...Mihoko Fujimura sings with a rare and absorbing blend of compassion and dramatic power.” The Telegraph, 19th June 2014 *****

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Accentus Music - ACC10282

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

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


EMI Red Line - 6365552

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'


Beethoven:

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

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales


It was Beethoven's original intention that his third symphony should be entitled 'Bonaparte', in honour of Napoleon Bonaparte. But when Napoleon crowned himself 'Emperor' he became, in Beethoven's eyes, "only another tyrannical despot". Beethoven finally named it 'Sinfonia Eroica' (Italian for Heroic Symphony) "composed in honour of a great man".

From its title, in which two Waltz cycles by Schubert are mentioned (Valses Nobles and Valses Sentimentales), it is clear that it was Ravel's intention to compose a sequence of waltzes based on Schubert. Like many of Ravel's works, it was first written for piano and later orchestrated by the composer.

Recorded live at the Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv 18/10/1993

“Much of the best of his conducting is heard in the Scherzo...the lilt and languor in Sinopoli's interpretation of Ravel's Valses are worth hearing.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012

Helicon - HEL029653

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

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


Sony Thielemann Beethoven Symphonies - 88697975302

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 & Overtures

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 & Overtures


Beethoven:

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

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Egmont Overture, Op. 84


Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra bring their unique energy to one of the summits of the orchestral repertoire - Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No.3, the “Eroica”.

Beethoven’s third symphony is not only one of his most personal works – powerful in both grandeur and pathos – but also the source of some of classical music’s most instantly recognizable melodies.

The album also includes two of Beethoven’s best-loved overtures, Egmont, inspired by Goethe’s play, and the ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus.

No longer a ‘youth orchestra’, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela is a world-class ensemble in its own right, touring the world’s great concert halls as ambassadors for their country’s unique system of musical education, ‘El Sistema’.

The combination of powerful, accessible repertoire, Dudamel’s irrepressible charisma and the remarkable story of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra make this recording not only desirable for Dudamel fans and those of Beethoven’s music, but a must for anyone wishing to discover the power of classical music at its very best.

Feted like a rockstar in his homeland, Gustavo Dudamel was recently awarded a Grammy for Best Orchestral Recording of 2011. His epic cycle of Mahler symphonies in Los Angeles and Caracas made him front page news in The New York Times and his record-setting Mahler 8 was shown live in hundreds of cinemas around the world. Gustavo made a stellar debut in the Wiener Philharmoniker’s prestigious subscription concerts in December and takes the Berliner Philharmoniker on tour this Spring.

“This is the best conducting I have heard from Gustavo Dudamel, and the best playing from the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra...The playing on this disc is tremendous, with the orchestra providing a glowing central European sound.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2013 ****

“Take it for granted that the playing of the Simon Bolivar orchestra is very good. But Gustavo Dudamel isn't pre-eminent in confronting and realising the transcendence of a work totally new in its day.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012

“you can tell from the athletic and muscular first movement of Beethoven’s Eroica that Gustavo Dudamel’s esteemed musicians are still youthful in spirit. This is a performance with plenty of powerful cut and thrust, though not enough structural planning...[in the Egmont Overture] Dudamel builds the music’s argument to a genuinely exciting conclusion.” The Times, 27th July 2012 ***

DG - 4790250

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