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

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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

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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

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


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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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The Amnesty International Concert


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

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

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

König Stephan Overture, Op. 117

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

arranged for string orchestra

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

arranged for string orchestra

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Anderson, Walker, König & Rootering

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

Anderson, Walker, König & Rootering


“If I don’t feel I’m Beethoven, I’m not doing it well” Leonard Bernstein

Live recordings

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

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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 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

“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 Beethoven cycle for our times.” The Gazette

“a towering achievement” The Times

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

Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b


Soile Isokoski, Rosemarie Lang, Robert Gambill & René Pape

Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper and Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

Of the symphonies recording, Gramophone wrote: “Barenboim has much to communicate; indeed, he honours a noble interpretative tradition that is a vital part of our musical past.”

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