Ludwig Van Beethoven Beethoven: The Symphonies

Beethoven: The Symphonies
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Item:  DEGR 469000
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Sym No. 1 in C, Op. 21: 1. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con Brio
  • 2.Sym No. 1 in C, Op. 21: 2. Andante Cantabile Con Moto
  • Buy for $1.293.Sym No. 1 in C, Op. 21: 3. Menuetto. Allegro Molto E Vivace - Trio
  • Buy for $1.294.Sym No. 1 in C, Op. 21: 4. Finale. Adagio - Allegro Molto E Vivace
  • 5.Sym No. 2 in D, Op. 36: 1. Adagio - Allegro Con Brio
  • 6.Sym No. 2 in D, Op. 36: 2. Larghetto
  • Buy for $1.297.Sym No. 2 in D, Op. 36: 3. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio
  • Buy for $1.298.Sym No. 2 in D, Op. 36: 4. Allegro Molto

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Sym No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 'Eroica': 1. Allegro Con Brio
  • 2.Sym No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 'Eroica': 2. Marcia Funebre. Adagio Assai
  • Buy for $1.293.Sym No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 'Eroica': 3. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace - Trio
  • 4.Sym No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 'Eroica': 4. Finale. Allegro Molto - Poco Andante - Presto
  • 5.Sym No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60: 1. Adagio - Allegro Vivace
  • 6.Sym No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60: 2. Adagio
  • Buy for $1.297.Sym No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60: 3. Allegro Molto E Vivace - Trio. Un Poco Meno Allegro
  • Buy for $1.298.Sym No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60: 4. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Sym No. 5 in c, Op. 67: 1. Allegro
  • 2.Sym No. 5 in c, Op. 67: 2. Andante Con Moto
  • 3.Sym No. 5 in c, Op. 67: 3. Allegro
  • 4.Sym No. 5 in c, Op. 67: 4. Allegro - Presto
  • 5.Sym No. 6 in F, Op. 68 'Pastorale': 1. Pleasant, Cheerful Feelings Awakened...
  • 6.Sym No. 6 in F, Op. 68 'Pastorale': 2. Scene By The Brook: Andante Molto Moto
  • Buy for $1.297.Sym No. 6 in F, Op. 68 'Pastorale': 3. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Allegro
  • Buy for $1.298.Sym No. 6 in F, Op. 68 'Pastorale': 4. Thunderstorm: Allegro
  • 9.Sym No. 6 in F, Op. 68 'Pastorale': 5. Shepherd's Song: Happy and Thankful Feelings...

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Sym No. 7 in A, Op. 92: 1. Poco Sostenuto - Vivace
  • 2.Sym No. 7 in A, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto
  • 3.Sym No. 7 in A, Op. 92: 3. Presto
  • 4.Sym No. 7 in A, Op. 92: 4. Allegro Con Brio
  • 5.Sym No. 8 in F, Op. 93: 1. Allegro Vivace E Con Brio
  • Buy for $1.296.Sym No. 8 in F, Op. 93: 2. Allegretto Scherzando
  • Buy for $1.297.Sym No. 8 in F, Op. 93: 3. Tempo Di Menuetto
  • Buy for $1.298.Sym No. 8 in F, Op. 93: 4. Allegro Vivace

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Sym No. 9 in d, Op. 125: 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo E Un Poco Maestoso - Karita Mattila / Violeta Urmana / Thomas Moser / Thomas Quasthoff / Swedish Radio Chor / Eric Ericson Chm Chor
  • 2.Sym No. 9 in d, Op. 125: 2. Molto Vivace - Presto - Karita Mattila / Violeta Urmana / Thomas Moser / Thomas Quasthoff / Swedish Radio Chor / Eric Ericson Chm Chor
  • 3.Sym No. 9 in d, Op. 125: 3. Adagio Molto E Cantabile - Andante Moderato - Karita Mattila / Violeta Urmana / Thomas Moser / Thomas Quasthoff / Swedish Radio Chor / Eric Ericson Chm Chor
  • Buy for $1.294.Sym No. 9 in d, Op. 125: 4. Presto - Allegro Assai - Karita Mattila / Violeta Urmana / Thomas Moser / Thomas Quasthoff / Swedish Radio Chor / Eric Ericson Chm Chor
  • 5.Sym No. 9 in d, Op. 125: Presto - 'O Freunde, Nicht Diese Tone!' - Allegro Assai - Allegro Assai... - Karita Mattila / Violeta Urmana / Thomas Moser / Thomas Quasthoff / Swedish Radio Chor / Eric Ericson Chm Chor

Product Description:

Beyond argument, Claudio Abaddo's second Beethoven cycle puts his previous DG traversals of the nine symphonies in the shade. His Berlin Philharmonic musicians, for starters, play with more precision, fire, suppleness, and ensemble sophistication than the Vienna Philharmonic did for Abaddo's live 1980s DG cycle. More significant, Abaddo's interpretations turn nearly 180 degrees from a soft-grained, middle-of-the-road vantage point toward the fleet tempos and tart sonorities favored by such "historically informed" Beethovenians as Charles Mackerras, Nicholas Harnoncourt, and David Zinman. Like Zinman, Abaddo makes use of the much-discussed Barenreiter edition, featuring Jonathan Del Mar's textual revisions based on original sources. One might characterize Abaddo's remakes as the Zinman with better playing.

Symphonies One and Two are cases in point. Both are jam-packed with crisp, fleet articulation and pungent accents. In similar fashion, the Third symphony's radical classicism hits home in a lean, driving performance redolent of the like-minded Kleiber-Concertgebouw and digital Karajan-Berlin recordings of the Eroica. Clarity, however, is often sacrificed for speed in the Fourth. If Abbado's new Fifth lacks the elemental thrust and surging bass line distinguishing Carlos Kleiber's and Gunter Wand's powerful readings, one hears important lines that often get lost in the mix, such as the cellos' countermelody underneath the finale's second theme.

The remaining symphonies boast reams of prodigious, effortless orchestral execution, but they often fall short in dynamic thrust, dramatic momentum, and even humor when appropriate. The finale of the Seventh, for instance, goes too fast for the swirling music to really take shape, and ditto for the wacky last movement of the Eighth. Abaddo's excellent live Berlin Ninth on Sony is hardly superseded by the present lightweight, ill-balanced traversal, although Thomas Quasthoff's riveting declamation in the finale is gorgeous and meaningful. DG's excellent packaging includes an interview with the conductor and informative annotations. All told, an uneven cycle as a whole, but its finest moments easily stand among the best modern Beethoven symphony recordings. --Jed Distler

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