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.”

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

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5 CD + 1 Blu-ray Audio

CDs 1 – 5: Symphonies nos. 1 – 9 on 5 CDs, remastered at 24 bit / 96 kHz (an update on the SACD version of 2003)

1 Blu-ray Audio (Disc 6) comprises ALL 9 SYMPHONIES plus the rehearsal of the Ninth Symphony

An ultramodern 24 bit / 96 kHz remastering of this classic set delivered ‘twice complete’ – once across 5CDs, and once on a single Blu-ray Audio with the rehearsal of the Ninth Symphony. Presentation is a unique deluxe package full of nostalgic touches and rare Karajan photos.

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.

By 1973 nearly one million sets had been sold and 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.

“I'm sure it's possible to fill several pages simply discussing the relative merits of Herbert von Karajan's various recordings of the complete symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic, but in the end I've plumped for the set first released in 1963. There's an intensity to the Funeral March of the Eroica, a warmth to the Pastoral and a grandeur to the Ninth that amazes me every time, with none of the heaviness that arguably crept into some of his later accounts with the same orchestra. Exemplary in every respect” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical

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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).

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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

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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

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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.

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Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven

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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


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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Twyla Robinson (soprano), Karen Cargill (mezzo soprano), John Mac Master (tenor) & Gerald Finley (bass)

London Symphony Chorus

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Gordan Nikolitch (violin), Tim Hugh (cello) & Lars Vogt (piano)

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a


“A Beethoven cycle for our times.” The Gazette

“a towering achievement” The Times

“simply masterful Beethoven…Capped by a magisterial account of the Ninth Symphony, this is the Beethoven set for our time.Even if you already have umpteen other recordings of these works, you really owe it to yourself to hear this new set” Chicago Tribune

“a blazing performance of the Seventh Symphony that reaches a superbly disciplined and frenzied conclusion” BBC Music Magazine *****

“this recording has impressed every one of the CD Review team - there is a feeling of immediacy and drama tempered with vision and maturity as though Haitink's long career has been leading towards this time where he can combine impetuosity and youthful enthusiasm with the wisdom of age and experience” CD Review

“Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra treat us to one of the most outstanding cycles on disc in recent years. There's a clean crispness to the orchestral sound, with performances that are consistently full of life. As well as a superlative account of the Ninth, the highlight of the set for me is the Fifth: the timpani playing in this live recording makes for one of the most thrilling last movements that I think I've ever heard!” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete), etc.

Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Ingeborg Wenglor (soprano), Ursula Zollenkopf (mezzo), Hans Joachim Rotsch (tenor), Theo Adam (bass)

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62


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