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

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 & Fidelio Overture

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 & Fidelio Overture


Beethoven:

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

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c


This recording features one of today’s most sought-after conductors, Vladimir Jurowski, who was appointed Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007, with many of his recordings on the LPO Label being chosen for special mentions by BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone Magazine.

Inspired by acts of heroism, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 broke the mould of the classical symphony, and is considered the first symphony of the romantic era – its scale and ambition went on to be adopted by his contemporaries.

Released for the first time on the Orchestra’s Label, Symphony No. 3 contributes to the expanding collection of Beethoven works on the label; the most recent being Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 conducted by Kurt Masur (LPO0093).

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 is coupled here with the Overture to Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, taken from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s highly acclaimed performance at the BBC Proms in 2015 – The Independent named it a ‘spirited performance’.

These recordings are taken from live concert performances at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 22 January 2014 (Symphony No. 3) and the Royal Albert Hall on 4 September 2015 (Overture, Fidelio).

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LPO - LPO0096

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Beethoven: Symphony No.3 & Shostakovich: Symphony No.10

Beethoven: Symphony No.3 & Shostakovich: Symphony No.10


Beethoven:

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

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10


Dresdner Philharmonie, Michael Sanderling

The Dresdner Philharmonie is one of Germany's major orchestras and has laid, together with his Principal Conductor Michael Sanderling, its focus on recording the complete cycle of symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). After having released Beethoven's and Shostakovich's symphonies nos. 6 in 2015, for which the orchestra has received positive reviews, this recording is the second album from the cycle. Michael Sanderling decided to pair Beethoven's symphony no. 3 and Shostakovich's symphony no. 10 because of the similar motivation of both composers: to display the current political situation, i.e. Napoleon's reign and Stalin's dictatorial regime. A x2 CD set on the 'Sony Classical'.

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Sony - 88985408842

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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'


Die Tachenphilharmonie (Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra), Peter Stangel

The Munich-based taschenphilharmonie (Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra) is dedicated to chamber symphonic performances based on Arnold Schoenberg’s 'Society for Private Musical Performances', established in Vienna during the 1920’s. This ensemble performs big scale orchestral works from Mozart to Mahler, to contemporary compositions with just 12-20 high-profile musicians. The result is a refreshing crystal clear sound combined with multifaceted colours and the vitality from outstanding musicianship to produce the resonance of a much bigger orchestra.

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Solo Musica Edition Taschenphilharmonie - ETP006

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Europakonzert 2016 from Røros, Norway

Europakonzert 2016 from Røros, Norway


Beethoven:

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

Brustad:

Veslefrikk

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 4 - Evening in the mountains

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Vilde Frang (violin)


The Berliner Philharmoniker celebrate their founding day (May 1st, 1892) in a European city of cultural significance every year. In 2016, they travelled to Røros in Norway, to play in the town’s beautiful baroque church. Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang made her debut with the Berliner Philharmonker at this year’s concert, joining them for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 8024261488

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Europakonzert 2016 from Røros, Norway

Europakonzert 2016 from Røros, Norway


Beethoven:

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

Brustad:

Veslefrikk

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 4 - Evening in the mountains

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Vilde Frang (violin)


The Berliner Philharmoniker celebrate their founding day (May 1st, 1892) in a European city of cultural significance every year. In 2016, they travelled to Røros in Norway, to play in the town’s beautiful baroque church. Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang made her debut with the Berliner Philharmonker at this year’s concert, joining them for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.

“[Frang] is predictably fine in the Mendelssohn, technically accomplished and emotionally engaged. And what a joy it must be to play this concerto with the Berliners, whose sensitivity to Mendelssohn’s instrumental imaginings is second to none...the performance [of the Eroica] yields nothing to Rattle’s recent Berlin recording.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

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DVD/Blu-ray of the Month - October 2016

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 8024261484

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3, 5 & 7 & Schubert: Symphony No. 5

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3, 5 & 7 & Schubert: Symphony No. 5


Beethoven:

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

Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Wiener Philharmoniker

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra


Erich Kleiber was one of Georg Solti’s idols and it was a Kleiber performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony that was, by his own admission, the catalyst in his decision to become a conductor – a decision he made at the age of fourteen. The Schubert recording comes from one of only two recording sessions with the Israel Philharmonic – in May 1958. It is genial, but not without the Solti trademark of excitement.

Solti recorded two complete Beethoven symphony cycles, both with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in both analogue (1974) and digital (1986–90) formats. With the Vienna Philharmonic in 1958–9 he recorded the Third, Fifth and Seventh symphonies. (He also made a ‘live’ recording of the Fifth with this orchestra in 1990.) Over several decades he worked extensively with the Viennese players, and despite making several legendary recordings with them openly admitted that it was seldom a harmonious relationship, especially in those early years: ‘They hated me. For many years I used to say that my favourite street in Vienna was the road to the airport’.

This reissue continues Eloquence’s tribute to Sir Georg Solti with, in the main, reissues of his earlier Decca recordings.

“masterly from a technical point of view, and in the main very impressive interpretations. They are of the big, heavy, powerful kind, though usually with plenty of drive where it’s required.” Gramophone Magazine, December 1959 (Beethoven)

“There is a lot of beautiful playing […] What I like best about this disc is the marvellous sound” Gramophone Magazine, May 1959 (Schubert)

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Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Beethoven

Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Beethoven


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

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

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62


Hans Knappertsbuschs’s approach to Beethoven is a special case within the “special case” that was Knappertsbusch himself. In his finest moments, his high degree of unpredictability (something which marks him out as the complete opposite of his great colleague and competitor Karajan) affords his interpretations a sense of “recreating” the music in the truest sense of the word, making it sound as if it is being played for the first-ever time. And this is probably why the music in these moments sounds so powerful, refreshing and liberating, far removed from any kind of comfortable listening conventions. Today, in retrospect, it also sounds free of any new-fangled fashions or constraints. Expressive details are always granted the time they need, as is the overall context. We never come across a tempo that is too fast, however historically well-founded it might have been. But nor is there any sense of “titanic” expression (whatever that is supposed to be). And in the process, however different in character his various performances of a single work might be, the whole work always comes across as balanced and coherent in itself on a higher level.

On this new double CD we can hear both a complete concert given in the Musikverein in Vienna on 17 January 1954 – with the Coriolanus Overture, the Fourth Piano Concerto and the Seventh Symphony – and the Third Symphony from a concert at the same venue, given on 17 February 1962. In the unheroic G-major Piano Concerto, Knappertsbusch’s partner is his contemporary Backhaus, who was famous for his Beethoven, but who at the same time possessed an individual “objectivity” and a legendary virtuosity that doubly refutes the clichés about “typically German” musicians. In this context, the commentator Gottfried Kraus recalls visiting Backhaus’s apartment in Salzburg, where the pianist spoke of his lifelong struggle to play the problematic lyrical chords at the opening of this Concerto. In the third movement, we are also wrenched from our customary listening habits by an unknown cadenza – and then cast back, bewildered, onto the well-known, yet seemingly new paths of the Concerto once again.

“Here is Beethoven, Viennese Beethoven, under a conductor who remained impervious to all fads and fashions…this is a species of conducting you will seek out in vain today, the set is the perfect time-machine in which travel back to a riper, more ruminative age when speed and surface excitement did not entirely rule the roost” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

“there are epic performances to be heard here.” MusicWeb International, 29th July 2016

Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or - C901162B

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


plus:

41. Rehearsal of 1st movement (Symphony No. 9)

42. Rehearsal of 3rd Movement (Symphony No. 9)

43. Rehearsal of 4th movement (Symphony No. 9)


Karajan recorded the Complete Symphonies of Beethoven no fewer than 4 times for DG, but this first 1963 recording was financially the most daring, artistically the most radical, and commercially the most successful.

It was estimated that over 100,000 boxes would have to be sold if Deutsche Grammophon’s gargantuan 1.5 million Deutschmark investment was to be recouped. The head of a rival company predicted that Deutsche Grammophon was heading for “a colossal financial catastrophe”.

By 1973 nearly one million sets had been sold, ten times the original breakeven estimate. 50 years on from its original launch, the set remains the best-selling Beethoven cycle of all time.

The 1963 Berlin set dazzled like no other, aided in no small measure by the clean, clear, daringly “lit” recordings made in Berlin’s Jesus-Christus-Kirche by the young Günter Hermanns whose debut as Karajan’s principal recording engineer this was.

Critics and the record-buying public were enthused above all by the urgency and beauty of the music-making and by a fierce sense of joy which reached its apogee in a thrillingly played and eloquently sung account of the finale of the epic Ninth Symphony.

DG - 4795977

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Beethoven: Symphonies 1/2/3

Beethoven: Symphonies 1/2/3

Live from Suntory Hall, Tokyo, 2012


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'


Individual release from the previously released complete edition (107537).

Ludwig van Beethoven was the first hero of bourgeois musical life. Although Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had already made the transition from the older feudal and ecclesiastical traditions to the new culture of public concerts, periodicals and amateur music-making, Beethoven was the first composer to see himself as an artist who represented this bourgeois music culture as an individual, rather than simply supplying music for it, as composers had previously done for the church or the aristocracy.

Beethoven‘s first three symphonies can be seen as experiments in the heroic style. What is intimated in the First Symphony (1800) in a new firmness of musical tone and the replacement of dancelike, elegantly fl owing intonations by scherzo and march, takes on more concrete form in the Second Symphony (1803). This is a monumental symphony – a fact that escapes today’s listeners for the simple reason that it was followed by the Third, which is even more expansive in its design. This Third Symphony (1805), called “Eroica”, is approximately twice as long as any symphony by Haydn and one of most popular orchestral works by Beethoven.

Special Feature: Mariss Jansons rehearses Beethoven (Bonus film, 44 mins)

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Subtitles Bonus: GB

DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 116 mins + 44 mins (Bonus)

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Arthaus Musik Mariss Jansons Complete Beethoven Symphonies - 102175

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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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