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

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Beethoven: 9 Symphonies & Overtures

Beethoven: 9 Symphonies & Overtures


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Cheryl Studer, Delores Ziegler, Peter Seiffert, James Morris

Westminster Choir

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b


Beethoven’s nine epoch-making symphonies represent a touchstone for any conductor, and these recordings constitute a highlight of Riccardo Muti’s 12-year tenure as Music Director of the illustrious Philadelphia Orchestra. As Gramophone wrote: “The Philadelphia Orchestra ... respond superbly to the demands Muti makes on them ... The fine shaping of the parts and the whole, the superb playing and a clear sense of discovery communicate themselves thrillingly to the listener.”

Warner Classics Budget Boxes - 2564627829

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Beethoven: Symphonies & Overtures

Beethoven: Symphonies & Overtures

1951-1955 Official Remastered Edition


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Marga Höffgen, Ernst Haefliger, Otto Edelmann

Chor der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

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

Bonus CD. First release from unissued stereo tapes

Chor der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien


The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.

For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.

He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.

Warner Classics Karajan Official Remastered Edition - 2564633735

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Beethoven: The Symphonies

Beethoven: The Symphonies

and reflections


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Kancheli:

Dixi

Šerkšnytė:

Fires

Shchedrin:

Beethovens Heiligenstädter Testament

Staud:

Manai

Widmann, J:

Con brio


“This is an exceptional realisation of Beethoven's nine symphonies, one of those rare occasions when one is left with a feeling of having been in the presence of the thing itself. The key to the cycle's success is the quality of the musicianship...the dramatic and expressive elements are derived from within” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“Jansons adopts...an approach which takes into consideration the historically informed approach of the last 30 years, but is still aware of what performances were like in the great German tradition...If you want vigorous conducting, immaculate but lean playing, and unfailingly sprightly tempos in the Beethoven, this set is for you.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ***

“This set would be eminently recommendable if only for the nine Beethoven symphonies, performed with muscularity and flair.” New York Times, December 2013

GGramophone Awards 2014

Shortlisted - Orchestral

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - December 2013

BR Klassik - 900119

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 & 5 Overtures

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 & 5 Overtures


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Gwyneth Jones, Tatiana Troyanos, Jess Thomas, Karl Ridderbusch

with Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Dresden Staatskapelle

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Dresden Staatskapelle


These famous recordings of the symphonies and overtures with his beloved Vienna Philharmonic display legendary Austrian conductor Karl Böhm’s innate sympathy for Beethoven’s music. Böhm’s Beethoven is a compound of earth and fire ... His 1971 VPO recording of [the] Sixth dominated the LP catalogue for over a decade ... and it remains one of the finest accounts of the work (Gramophone).

DG Collectors Edition - 4791949

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


6 CD +1 Bonus DVD

This striking hardcover booklet with slipcase houses 6 CDs containing Beethoven’s entire symphonic work as well as a Bonus DVD with the documentary “Making van Beethoven”. (Documentary on the recording process with interviews with Christian Thielemann and members of the orchestra.) Dubbed “The Beethoven Cycle of the 21st Century”, this cycle was recorded live in concert in the Goldener Saal of the Vienna Musikverein between 2008 and 2010 by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Thielemann.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Anyone who grew up with Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm or Eugen Jochum's recordings will feel at home in the musical world Thielemann creates...The Third, the Eroica, may be all bulging muscle and portentous climaxes, but it has a sense of purpose and dynamism that make it the most successful performance of the nine, just as the scale and scope of the Ninth is never in doubt.” The Guardian, 19th January 2012 ***

“Thielemann’s approach is defiantly old-school – tempi are expansive and disarmingly flexible, orchestral sonorities are huge, rich and fruity. Once your ears have adjusted, there’s an awful lot of music-making here which sounds undeniably magnificent. The brassy opening of the Fifth Symphony’s finale suggests that we’re entering Valhalla.” The Arts Desk, 3rd March 2012

“Thielemann is a musician who is not only conservative but thought-prokovingly original - and his performances will appeal to listeners who long for a return to interpretative values that are closer to the very individual Beethoven of Furtwangler or Mengelberg.” International Record Review, May 2012

“one of the most joyous, released and sheerly infectious accounts I have ever heard [of the Second], full of drive, impish wit and manic ecstasy. The orchestra is obviously having a high old time...Thielemann takes the orchestra’s famed sonority and builds on it. These are performances all of a piece; Thielemann has imposed his conception upon the cycle as a whole and the emphasis upon weight and grandeur without excluding excitement.” MusicWeb International, May 2012

“Perhaps the most controversial aspect of Thielemann’s approach is a more extreme deployment of rubato than is traditional...While it may be too much for some, it is always there for a reason: either to underline a dramatic moment or to highlight an important point in the structure of a movement.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 23rd January 2012

Sony Thielemann Beethoven Symphonies - 88697927172

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


The Old Testament of the orchestral repertoire, you might say – and here in performances of Biblical weight and authority.

If the journey through the nine works is itself an education in Beethoven’s world; in one man’s expressive voyage from 18th-century Enlightenment values through to 19th-century ideals of artistic heroism, and indeed to eternal values of beauty and brotherhood as adumbrated in the Ninth; in the possibilities of colour and harmony afforded by the expanding orchestra of the time; then the Dresden Staatskapelle has a history that reaches back further even than Beethoven, as one of the most distinguished of European ensembles, soaked in this music and in traditions of performing it that may evolve over time but are fundamentally rooted within their own sense of corporate identity.

And who better to lead them than a conductor who has always prized Beethoven’s expressive ideals as much as his musical innovations; who can see the composer in a symphonic continuum from Haydn to Tippett, and who, now in the late autumn of his career, is well loved by all the ensembles he directs; not least this one, with which he has had a fruitful relationship stretching back three decades, and who elected him their Conductor Laureate in 1990, shortly before this cycle of recordings began.

“There has not been a Beethoven cycle like this since Klemperer’s heyday, or Bruno Walter’s, … informed by an imaginative vision that derives … from a certain sense of fundamental wholeness, the conductor and his fellow musicians sufficiently at ease with themselves and the music they are playing to render the task of performing it nothing less than a physical pleasure and a private joy.” Gramophone Magazine, September 1995

Newton Classics - 8802077

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Cheryl Studer (soprano), Delores Ziegler (mezzo), Peter Seiffert (tenor), James Morris (bass)

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra


Riccardo Muti’s achievement in Beethoven’s iconic cycle, and as Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra between 1980 and 1992, was summarised by Gramophone magazine: ‘… Magnificent in its blend of deliberation and energy … superb playing and a clear sense of discovery communicate themselves thrillingly to the listener’. A special additional feature of this set is Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, with Muti and the Philharmonia Orchestra accompanying the legendary Sviatoslav Richter.

EMI Riccardo Muti Edition - 0979462

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Egmont Overture, Op. 84


Ingeborg Wenglor (soprano), Annelies Burmeister (alto), Martin Ritzmann (tenor) & Rolf Kühne (bass)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Prague Philharmonic Choir, Paul Kletzki

Beethoven’s symphonies are among the cornerstones of the symphonic repertoire. They bear witness to the composer’s remarkable journey from airy Classicism to the peerless idiom he had developed on the threshold of the Romantic epoch.

Those who have taken up the challenge to record the complete cycle include the Polish-born conductor Paul Kletzki, who gained great renown after the war, primarily in America. He was the principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a year and after his debut in Philadelphia went on to conduct the leading American and European orchestras.

This remarkable complete recording of Beethoven’s symphonies was made during Kletzki’s performances with the Czech Philharmonic in 1967, during the orchestra’s golden age under the chief conductor Karel Ančerl. This gem of the Supraphon archives thoroughly deserves the current re-edition in remastered form owing to its freshness and expressive depth.

Beethoven as explored by Kletzki – a legendary, time-honoured recording.

“The Czech Phil’s sound here is charismatic and idiomatic, with a rich, muscular string timbre cushioning highly distinctive wind and brass playing...The interpretations hold up very well – Kletzki’s speeds are unhurried, but never seem unduly slow as he’s so good at sustaining the string lines and giving plenty of lift to the rhythms...[in the Ninth] the Czech choral sound is thrilling and Kletzki has good soloists.” Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 9th July 2011

Supraphon - SU40512

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Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven

Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Martina Arroyo (soprano), Regina Sarfaty (mezzo), Nicholas Di Virgilio (tenor), Norman Scott (bass)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Isaac Stern (violin)

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

König Stephan Overture, Op. 117

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Egmont Overture, Op. 84


Sony Classical Masters - 88697683912

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


6 CD's for price of 4

Building a Library

First Choice - May 2014

Oehms Skrowaczewski Beethoven Symphonies - OC526

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