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

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Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Complete Beethoven Symphonies

Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Complete Beethoven Symphonies


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Elsa Cavelti (alto), Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Otto Edelmann (bass)

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b


Festwochenchor Luzern, Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Philharmonisches & Staatsorchester Hamburg, Wilhelm Furtwängler

These historical recordings were made between 1947 and 1954. Symphony No.9 is performed by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Elsa Cavelti, Elsa Haefliger, Otto Edelmann, Festwochenchor Luzern and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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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

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Beethoven - Complete Symphonies & 6 Overtures

Beethoven - Complete Symphonies & 6 Overtures


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, Peter Schreier, José van Dam

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113


The prized 1977 symphony cycle.

“Beethoven is in no way déjà vu to Karajan, as this set gloriously proves” Richard Osborne, Gramophone Magazine

“Sets new standards of orchestral playing” Gramophone Magazine

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Beethoven - Complete Symphonies

Beethoven - Complete Symphonies


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Anna-Kristina Kaappola (soprano), Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo), Markus Schäfer (tenor), Thomas E. Bauer (baritone)

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

The Ruins of Athens -Turkish March

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Egmont Overture, Op. 84


"We know that Beethoven asked musicians very precise questions about the technical capacities of their instruments. So he knew exactly what he was doing when he pushed an instrument to the very limit of its possibilities. It’s partly the great technical difficulty that makes his music so revolutionary, but also the dramatic character this element confers on the music (and this dramatisation is further emphasised if one respects contemporary pitch standards, which were high – at least 440, if not more). That’s why it is so important to perform this music on period instruments. - Jos van Immerseel

“[van Immerseel's] progress from the Baroque via the classical to the early Romantic eras is evident in these elegant performances, which are more for the historical purist than the full-on romanticist. The tempi are measured, the playing delicate, painting a portrait more of Beethoven the master craftsman than the fiery visionary.” The Observer, 20th April 2008

“Indeed, from the first bristling chords, Anima Eterna's playing held me on the edge of my seat. ” Gramophone Magazine, June 2008

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2008

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


Éva Andor (soprano), Márta Szirmay (contralto), György Korondi (tenor), Sándor Sólyom-Nagy (baritone)

Hungarian State Orchestra, Budapest Choir, János Ferencsik

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Beethoven: The Symphonies

Beethoven: The Symphonies


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Liselotte Rebmann, Anna Reynolds, Anton de Ridder, Gerd Feldhoff

Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a


Philips Original Masters - 4758147

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Beethoven - The War Time Recordings

Beethoven - The War Time Recordings


Beethoven:

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

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

Conrad Hansen (piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Erich Röhn (violin)

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 - Cavatina

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

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

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

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


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Beethoven - Complete Symphonies

Beethoven - Complete Symphonies

The legendary 1939 cycle


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Jarmila Novotna (soprano), Kerstin Thorborg (contralto), Jan Peerce (tenor), Nicola Moscona (bass)

Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Septet in E flat major, Op. 20

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Ania Dorfmann (piano)

Westminster Choir


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Leopold Stokowski: Decca Recordings 1964-1975

Leopold Stokowski: Decca Recordings 1964-1975


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

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

Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Boris Godunov: A Symphonic Synthesis

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Marche slave, Op. 31

Wagner:

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Siegfried: Waldweben

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture


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Bruno Walter's Beethoven

Bruno Walter's Beethoven

The classic 1941-53 recordings of the complete symphonies


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


Irma Gonzalez (soprano), Elena Nikolaidi (contralto), Raoul Jobin (tenor), Mack Harrell (baritone)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Westminster Choir, Bruno Walter

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