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

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


Annette Dasch (soprano), Eva Vogel (mezzo), Christian Elsner (tenor), Dimitry Ivashchenko (bass)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Sir Simon Rattle

Recorded in October 2015, Philharmonie Berlin

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It is always a milestone in the artistic work of the Berliner Philharmoniker when, together with their chief conductor, they play the complete symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. Under the direction of chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, the cycle was performed at the end of 2015 – in Berlin, Paris, Vienna and New York. The reaction was overwhelming, and audiences responded with standing ovations to performances which impressively revealed the virtuosity and revolutionary energy of the works. The recording of the Berlin performances is now available in an exclusive hardcover edition which includes the cycle on CD as well as in HD video and high-resolution audio on Blu-ray. This beautifully produced edition includes many extras including a video introduction with Sir Simon Rattle and a documentary about the making of the recordings.

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Masters of Classical Music

Masters of Classical Music

20 documentaries on 5 DVDs in a luxury DVD Box


Excerpts from

Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried van der Goltz

Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Recorded live at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon, 1 May 2003

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Recorded live at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, 1 May 2002

Gil Shaham (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Wiener Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Debussy:

La Mer

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

Lucerne Fesitval Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Das Lied von der Erde

WDR Sinfonieorchester, Semyon Bychkov

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Recorded live at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, May 1997

Frank Michael Erben (violin)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur

Mozart:

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Recorded live at the Konzerthaus, Berlin, 13 November 2005

Kammerorchester C.P.E. Bach, Hartmut Haenchen

Ravel:

Boléro

Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim

Schubert:

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Martha Argerich (piano)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Recorded live at the Semperoper, Dresden, 22 September 1998

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Giuseppe Sinopoli

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado


Twenty famous masterpieces by the most important composers in history are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts. Examples from the musical scores help the viewer to follow the themes and rhythms and to understand the overall structure of the work. Each introductory feature is clearly andinformatively designed. Thus the viewer goes on a journey back to the time and place of composition and isinformed about the life of the composer whilst receiving a complete introduction to the work

Discovering Masters of Classical Music includes : Bach Brandenburg Concertos, Mozart Symphony No. 41, Haydn Symphony No. 94 “Surprise”, Beethoven Symphony No. 5 and No. 9, Schubert Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”,Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Violin Concerto in E-minor, Schumann Piano Concerto,Brahms Violin Concerto, Bruckner Symphony No. 8, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Dvořák Symphony No. 9, Debussy La Mer, Mahler Symphony No. 5 and Das Lied von der Erde, Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps, Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie, Ravel Boléro, Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle, WienerPhilharmoniker, WDR Sinfonieorchester

Conductors: Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Hartmut Haenchen, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gottfried von der Goltz

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Claudio Abbado Edition Vol. 2

Claudio Abbado Edition Vol. 2


Beethoven:

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

Jane Eaglen (soprano), Waltraud Meier (mezzo), Ben Heppner (tenor), Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Rundfunkchor Stockholm, E. Ericson-Kammerchor

The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: excerpts

Liszt:

Prometheus, symphonic poem No. 5, S99

Mozart:

Serenade No. 9 in D major, K320 'Posthorn'

Marches (2) in D major, K335

Divertimento No. 11 in D major, K251

Hansjörg Schellenberger (oboe)

Symphony No. 23 in D major, K181

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

Rainert Kußmaul (violin), Wolfram Christ (viola)

Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz'

Nono:

Prometeo: excerpts

Ingrid Ade-Jesemann (soprano), Monika Bair-Ivenz (soprano), Susanne Otto (alto), Peter Hall (tenor), Ulrike Krumbiegel, Mathias Schadock (speakers), Michael Hasel (bass flute), Manfred Preis (bass clarinet), Christhard Gössling (euphonium/tuba)

Scriabin:

Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60

Martha Argerich (piano)

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

Martha Argerich (piano)

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Marie Theres'! ... Hab mir's gelobt (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Renee Fleming (Marschallin), Frederica von Stade (Octavian), Katleen Battle (Sophie), Andreas Schmidt (Faninal)


As the endlessly sad news of Claudio Abbado’s passing broke on Monday 20th January 2014, heartfelt tributes quickly poured in from around the world: “a great musician and a generous man” (Sir Simon Rattle); “will always be part of the exalted group of geniuses in the history of the arts” (Gustavo Dudamel); “one of the wonders of the world” (Daniel Harding); “[Abbado’s concerts] weren’t mere performances of pieces of music, they were transformative existential journeys” (The Guardian).

'Sony Classical' is making available immediately the Claudio Abbado Gold Edition: three individual, budget-priced 5 CD box sets of Maestro Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic with pieces by Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Strauss, Schumann and Mussorgsky.

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Live in Rotterdam 2011


Rebecca Nash (soprano), Wilke te Brummelstroete (mezzo-soprano), Marcel Beekman (tenor) & Michael Tews (bass)

Laurens Collegium & Laurens Cantorij, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen

Frans Brüggen first turned his attention to the music of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies in the 1980s, using period instruments. Now, his quest undimmed, he returns to the glories of Beethoven’s orchestral music for a new cycle being issued in a sumptuous hybrid SACD box set on Glossa. Likewise undimmed is the rapport he shares with his orchestra for one of classical music’s greatest challenges by way of concert performances: Brüggen has long distanced himself from studio recordings.

“the O18C have the same exhilarating zeal now as they did when they made their previous set of Beethoven recordings for Philips in the early 1990s...Brüggen isn't one for attention-seeking effects or eccentricities, but his performances bristle with ideas, making them confrontational in the best sense.” The Guardian, 18th October 2012 ****

“Bruggen’s Beethoven with his crack European ensemble is again a breath of fresh air … every bar crackles with energy and delight. Excellent recorded sound, capturing a natural concert hall perspective.” Classical Music, 17th November 2012

“Brüggen's message, interpreted from uncorrupted texts, gets through, every repeat except one (in the third movement of the Seventh) observed. But he reserves judgement about Beethoven's metronome markings...Brüggen strips (the Ninth) of the overbearing bombast encrusted across generations...This is Brüggen's voyage to the vortex of Beethoven's last symphony. Go with him for a rare emotional encounter.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“What makes these new readings so rewarding is the depth and breadth of his conception of Beethoven’s sound world, combined with the clarity of period instruments. Older conductors achieved this with modern instruments, but Brüggen’s accounts of the purely orchestral symphonies have uncommon integrity.” Sunday Times, 10th March 2013

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


In May 2002, in a series of live concerts in the Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein, a journey unique in the Wiener Philharmoniker's long and distinguished history reached its conclusion. This thrilling set of symphonies is the fruit of that journey.

The recordings were made 'live' after numerous performances of individual symphonies and complete cycles in Tokyo, Berlin and Vienna. Rattle believes that a live performance has its own rhythm. The conductor 'channelling his unrelenting energy' was something audiences and the critics noticed at the concerts in the Musikverein. “Rattle left all landmark conductors behind him, as he unleashed then tamed, shaped, and painted the musical forces to be heard here...[Beethoven] certainly has his best advocate in Simon Rattle”, claimed Austria’s Standard after one of the recorded concerts.

“The well-known, often played and much-loved Beethoven classics are not just reeled off in expert routine,“ observed the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 2001, “but are thought through and spontaneously rendered at the highest levels. The musicians react directly to the smallest gestures from their conductor. It's not often that one experiences such perfection.” The Berliner Morgenpost said of the cycle's character and capacity to excite: “Rattle goes for clear contours, for rhythm, dynamics and above all physical energy. He doesn't pay tribute to a genius transfigured and endowed with mythical status by 200 years of tradition but presents us instead with a Beethoven for today.”

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


Helena Döse (soprano), Marga Schiml (mezzo-soprano), Peter Schreier (tenor) & Theo Adam (bass)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Dresden State Opera Chorus & Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt

Herbert Blomstedt is one of the world’s most famous and respected conductors of today. His Beethoven cycle from the 70-ties still counts among the best. Review from ClassicsToday.com: “10/10”: “Herbert Blomstedt’s Beethoven cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the great ones, as much as for the magnificent playing of this finest of all German orchestras, as for Blomstedt’s effortlessly musical interpretations.” Beethoven’s nine symphonies – composed between 1800 and 1824 – are true cornerstones of the classical canon.

Marking an irrefutable turning point in the history of music, they transformed audiences’ expectations of the symphony and influenced the genre’s future development through their experimental, dramatic and expressive weight. Conductors have long been drawn to the profundity of these works: a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies is viewed as one of the ultimate challenges in the repertoire, and the performances in this set are undoubtedly among the greatest to have been recorded, illuminating the skill of the Staatskapelle Dresden and Herbert Blomstedt, one of the most distinguished conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries. The symphonies trace Beethoven’s development as a composer, from the earlier works that document his emergence from the Viennese tradition, through to his experimental and critically divisive late style. Particularly famed for its landmark status in the history of music is the ‘Eroica’ Symphony (No.3), notable for its innovative approach to sonata form and embodiment of Beethoven’s ‘heroic’ style. Also included are the legendary Symphony No.5, known for its distinctive opening motif and rigorous large-scale structure, the dramatic ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, and the sophisticated Seventh Symphony.

The collection is, of course, concluded by the monumental Symphony No.9 – known as the ‘Choral’ Symphony because of its ground-breaking, transcendent finale, sung here by the Dresden State Opera Chorus and a group of acclaimed soloists. Over 30 years after their initial release, these recordings have remained one of the ultimate Beethoven symphony cycles, a testament to the quality of the performances and Blomstedt’s interpretations. Brought together in a set of excellent value, this 5-disc collection is a must-have addition to the libraries of classical music fans, old and new.

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Erich Leinsdorf conducts Beethoven

Erich Leinsdorf conducts Beethoven


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


Jane Marsh (soprano), Josephine Veasey (mezzo), Placido Domingo (tenor), Sherrill Milnes (bass)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Pro Musica, New England Conservatory Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 & Overtures

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 & Overtures


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Zur Namensfeier overture, Op. 115

König Stephan Overture, Op. 117


Katerina Beranova (soprano), Lilli Paasikivi (alto), Robert Dean Smith (tenor) & Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, GewandhausChor, GewandhausKinderchor & MDF Rundfunkchor, Riccardo Chailly

This complete cycle of Beethoven’s nine Symphonies is a landmark event for Decca, for Maestro Chailly, and for the Gewandhausorchester, where he has been Kapellmeister since 2005.

These acclaimed performances were recorded live in the Gewandhaus over the last three years, in preparation for the highly-anticipated complete cycles that Maestro Chailly and the orchestra will give in several major European cities in October and November 2011 – performances which will provide the platform for launching these important new recordings.

The cycle showcases the finesse and musicality of the legendary Gewandhaus Orchestra − from the Haydnesque elegance of the first two symphonies, to the grandeur and drama of the choral Ninth Symphony.

This 5CD set of the nine Symphonies also includes selected Beethoven Overtures.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Chailly's first recorded Beethoven cycle shows him to be a Classicist through and through...There is also a lovely Italianate cantabile which period strings would find it impossible (and possibly undesirable) to match...The recordings, I should add, are superb...There is space around the sound, as there needs to be in Beethoven, complemented by an immediacy and clarity of detail that derives in large measure from the playing itself.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

“His Beethoven represents a confrontation of tradition...with innovative ideas...From the outset, it is clear that Chailly’s Beethoven will be an exhilarating adventure: closely observing the once-controversial metronome markings, he conducts the fast movements of the C and D major symphonies with Haydnesque wit and brio...The breathtaking finale of No 8 is the most exciting I have heard on disc.” Sunday Times, 23rd October 2011

“This is above all, an explosively swift cycle. Chailly is utterly faithful to Beethoven's metronome markings...but the tautness of the playing, the definition of its detail – especially from the woodwind – and the phenomenal range of dynamics the Gewandhaus Orchestra has at its command mean that weight and drama are always available to Chailly...The result is a Beethoven cycle that's up there with the best modern-orchestra versions of recent times” The Guardian, 3rd November 2011 *****

“Readings focused entirely on the composer, not on debating how things ‘should’ sound...The playing is responsive and immaculate throughout, forming the backbone of Chailly’s brilliantly authentic crib-sheet of a symphony cycle.” Daniel Ross, bbc.co.uk, 26th October 2011

“they play as if possessed: Chailly has opted to stick faithfully to the composer's original tempos. The effect is revelatory: even old warhorses such as the 5th Symphony are transformed into galloping racehorses, in thoroughbred performances befitting the pedigree of the material, restoring a dash and brio to works whose revolutionary aspects can once again be clearly glimpsed.” The Independent, 11th November 2011 *****

“Chailly injects a colossal and thrilling urgency into the music...This is a remarkable feat, which owes much to the fabulous unanimity of the Leipzig players. Many orchestras would stumble over the finale of the Second Symphony, if taken at Chailly’s breakneck speed, but this one sails through unscathed.” The Telegraph, 18th November 2011 *****

“There is a monumentality and gravitas in these new Decca recordings, released to tie in with Chailly’s Barbican residency...You really do get the best of both worlds here – clear textures and sharp articulation to rival those of Krivine’s recent period cycle, paired with orchestral textures rich and characterful.” The Arts Desk, 26th November 2011

“Chailly is direct, fiery, full of vitality and detail...[he] simply convinces me...To hear the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on stupendous form in these masterpieces is a privilege, and one that's hard to resist given the blazing power and conviction of Chailly's vision.” International Record Review, May 2012

“there’s no doubting the lightness and freshness that these speeds bring to the music, as well as virtuoso playing from the orchestra...Something I kept noticing was how he brings out the rhythmic lines of the horns and trumpets, giving his interpretation a real sense of drive, and I delighted in picking up on little details I had not heard before.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 23rd January 2012

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Gré Brouwenstijn (soprano), Kerstin Meyer (alto), Nicolai Gedda (tenor), Frederick Guthrie (bass)

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c


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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


Helena Juntunen (soprano), Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano), Daniel Norman (tenor) & Neal Davies (bass-baritone)

Minnesota Orchestra & Minnesota Chorale, Osmo Vänskä

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BIS is pleased to release the boxed set of their critically-acclaimed Beethoven Symphonies Cycle.

‘Vänskä's Beethoven looks set to be a front-runner among the historically unprejudiced cycles now available.’ ‘…a Beethoven reforged for today's world’ Gramophone

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