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

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Ataúlfo Argenta conducts Beethoven & Smetana

Ataúlfo Argenta conducts Beethoven & Smetana


Beethoven:

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

Palacio De La Musica, Madrid, 24 May 1957

Orquesta Nacional de España

Chapí:

Musica Classica: Prelude

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

Serenata (from La Corte de Granada, Fantasia morisca)

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

El tambor de granaderos: Preludio

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

Giménez:

El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Bonus. Madrid, 1955-1957

Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Victoria Hall, Geneva, 29 August 1957

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande


Ataúlfo Argenta

Before he was killed in a freak accident, aged only 44, Ataúflo Argenta (1913–1958) was the foremost Spanish conductor of his generation and on the verge of a major international career. After studying in Germany, he founded the Madrid Chamber Orchestra in 1946 and in 1947 was appointed chief conductor of the Orquesta Nacional de España which quickly grew into a major ensemble. Argenta also established himself in Paris with the Paris Conservatoire and French National Radio orchestras and made a considerable number of recordings in London for Decca. He was closely associated with Ernest Ansermet and the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the former seeing him as a potential successor.

Argenta was not associated with Beethoven, yet this live ICA recording of the ‘Eroica’ with the Orquesta Nacional shows him as an exciting interpreter. This is the first time this recording has been published outside Spain, and it benefits from excellent remastering. Similarly, Smetana’s Bartered Bride Overture with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande recorded live is also issued for the first time outside Spain. Argenta never recorded either of these works commercially in the studio.

The fill-ups consisting of zarzuela orchestral preludes by Chapí and Giménez have never been issued on CD before and reveal Argenta’s unique affinity with these Spanish composers. The Beethoven and Smetana are important additions to Argenta’s discography.

ica classics Legacy - ICAC5087

(CD)

$16.75

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Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Beethoven & Bruckner

Hans Knappertsbusch conducts Beethoven & Bruckner


Beethoven:

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

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor


Digitally remastered in 2012, these great works are captured beautifully from the 1961 live performances with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch. A double CD, this release captures early 1960s performances of artists at the top of their game.

Recorded live in Vienna in 1961

Istituto Discografico Italiano - IDIS6652

(CD - 2 discs)

$24.75

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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

(CD)

$8.00

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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

(CD - 2 discs)

$21.25

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

including nine documentaries in a hardcover box


After the very successful release of the single DVDs we now release Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 – 9 including nine one hour documentaries, one for each film. Maestro Thielemann and Joachim Kaiser (the most famous German music critic) discuss and analyze in an entertaining conversational exchange Thielemann’s interpretation, complemented by excerpts from rehearsals as well as by comparisons of Beethoven cycles with Karajan, Bernstein, Böhm, Järvi etc. This is the Beethoven cycle of the 21st century!

9 DVDs or 3 Blu-rays in a valuable hardcover box with 16 hours of concerts and documentaries.

“Thielemann´s reading of the Beethoven symphonies stands heads and shoulders above the countless and mostly undistinguishable versions on offer.” Die Presse

“The performances, the Vienna Philharmonic on top form, can't help sounding wonderful...oddly, it is the discussions that are the most enjoyable elements in this ambitious set.” BBC Music Magazine * * */ *

“This is growling, mane-shaking Beethoven: a traditional approach to the music with full sound and large forces. Thielemann takes a precise yet lyrical approach to the music, as he discusses and demonstrates in the three hour-long accompanying musicological discussions.” Classic FM Magazine * * * *

Total: 956 minutes

Symphonies: 446 minutes

Documentaries: 510 minutes

DVD: DTS 5.0, PCM Stereo

Subtitles E, F, Sp, I, Kor., Chin.

NTSC: 3 DVD Amaray boxes in a harcover box (containing 9 DVDs)

“the hour-long film that accompanies each of the nine masterpieces here...is chock-full of revealing information...the radiant sanity of [Thielemann's] approach shines through every bar...for a set in which the Austro-German invincibility of this extraordinary music is felt gradually mounting through the cycle as a whole, as if in one magnificent sweep, we haven't had a set to compare seriously with this since Karajan's final cycle of the 1980s.” International Record Review, January 2012

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

C Major Thielemann Beethoven Symphonies/Documentaries - 705308

(DVD Video)

$109.50

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Beethoven: Gods, Heroes and Men

Beethoven: Gods, Heroes and Men


Beethoven:

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

The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: excerpts


There are countless recordings of Beethoven's Third Symphony ‘Eroica’, which he was originally going to dedicate to the revered Napoleon Bonaparte before the latter turned into a tyrant. What sets this new album apart from all the other recordings is the attractive programme: the American-Japanese conductor Kent Nagano combines the famous ‘Eroica’ with Beethoven's lesser-known ballet music ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’. Nagano is ably supported here by the renowned Montreal Symphony Orchestra, whose music director he has been since 2006.

In the ballet score – written shortly before the Third Symphony – we find the first clear signs of the composer's admiration for Napoleon, the ‘Prometheus of his era’. The finale, for example, is based on a contredanse in E flat, taken from a popular French operetta of the time, and which Beethoven also used in the last movement of the ‘Eroica’.

“The two orchestral works receive very distinctive performances from Kent Nagano and his Montreal forces. He adopts some period practices, but of course with an orchestra of modern instruments and proportions...All told this is a controversial but stimulating disc.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“Orchestra and conductor are at their best in the Prometheus ballet music extracts. Nagano's use of the full orchestra might seem a touch weighty for such music, particularly when heard in so sombre an acoustic. But the direction is exacting, the playing determined and spruce.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

Sony - 88697857372

(CD)

$20.75

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3


Beethoven:

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

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b


RCA Classical Masters - 88697711442

(CD)

$8.50

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-4


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


DVD Video

Region: 0

Sony - The Beethoven Project - 88697787559

(DVD Video)

$19.25

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21, etc.

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

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62


In the latest instalment of the Decca Ansermet Legacy, Decca Eloquence introduces the Swiss conductor's recordings of Beethoven - his symphony cycle, overtures and the rare Weingartner arrangement of the Grosse Fuge. They are issued as three 2-CD sets.

Francois Hudry, the supreme commentator on the art of Ernest Ansermet writes, "the new vision he brought to the Beethoven symphonies was astonishing. Perhaps he was too early in what he did, in his respect for the text and in his weeding out of all the Romantic touches and subjectivity which held sway at the time. Without recourse to so-called 'authentic' instruments, Ansermet was trying to return to the composer's intentions, as given in the score, avoiding the imposition of any responses of his own on the audience."

In Beethoven, Ansermet heard not just a titan but a romantic, sensual man, not just a thunderer but composer of sensitivity and subtlety. Even the mighty 'Eroica' was allowed to a reveal a softer, perhaps even a more feminine aspect. Whether he was conducting Beethoven or Ravel, Ansermet had a fine ear for instrumental colour, and a talent for keeping rhythms well-sprung and flexible. At times, Ansermet's Beethoven even seems to anticipate the 'authentic' Beethoven performances that became popular in the 1990s, although Ansermet got his results without having to rely on the sometimes unpredictable behaviour of period instruments.

“[Ansermet] interprets Beethoven 4 with grandeur and authority and perfect spontaneity... Ansermet's reading of Coriolan is fine... The attack and chording, and the shaping of the overture otherwise, are all impressive, and the vividness of the drums is particularly striking.” Gramophone Magazine

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4800391

(CD - 2 discs)

$15.75

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Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


Beethoven:

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

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


Basel Chamber Orchestra, Giovanni Antonini

“It is rare nowadays, even in the daredevil world of period performance, to come across a performance of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony that makes this revolutionary piece seem newminted.
Here though is just such a performance.
Giovanni Antonini has been mentioned in the same breath as Toscanini, which may seem odd given Antonini's origins as a recorder- and Baroque flute-player and founder member of Il Giardino Armonico. Yet one can see how the comparison arose. The mix of drive and acumen is indeed extraordinary.
Not that the Maestro could, or would, have approved of Antonini's megalomaniac account of the Fourth Symphony where tempi, always a notch faster than Toscanini's own, are driven to extremes and where there is barely a cantabile in sight, even in the slow movement. This is the Fourth Symphony on a war-footing, brutal and unreflecting, with some odd sonorities to boot.
The pianissimo timpani rolls, to whose care Beethoven entrusts the first movement's most magical transitions, rattle like rain on a corrugated iron roof.
Period performers like to live dangerously.
Even so, it is difficult to reconcile the conductor who so brutalises the Fourth Symphony with the sure-footed interpreter of the Eroica. Here is a musician who understands the Eroica from within, dramatically, logistically and imaginatively.
A musician, moreover, who can project that understanding into an orchestral performance that glows white in the furnace. The Marcia funebre is particularly fine with a characteristically forward-moving pulse, finely chiselled phrasing and strikingly 'French' sonorities.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Purists may wince at Antonin's sforzandi in the first movement of the 'Eroica', but the muted severity of his 'Marche funèbre' is spot on. The Fourth Symphony features some ravishing clarinet solos before tumbling into a frenetic finale.” The Independent, 14th September 2008

“[The Fourth] is a symphony of sparkle, red herrings and nimble wit, all under Antonini’s command. The Eroica performance is more controversial, for despite his sorrowing funeral march, Antonini’s brisk approach inevitably shrinks some of the symphony’s grandeur. The result is like an architectural monument blazing bright after a restoration that blasted off centuries of grime. Worth the jolt, I’d say.” The Times, 15th August 2008 ****

Sony - 88697192522

(CD - 2 discs)

$24.00

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