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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies 1-9 [Box set]

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (12 May 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000095IUM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No.1 in C major Op.21 : I Adagio molto - Allegro con brioNikolaus Harnoncourt 9:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.1 in C major Op.21 : II Andante cantabile con motoNikolaus Harnoncourt 7:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.1 in C major Op.21 : III Menuetto - Allegro molto e vivaceNikolaus Harnoncourt 4:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.1 in C major Op.21 : IV Finale - Adagio - Allegro molto e vivaceNikolaus Harnoncourt 5:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55, 'Eroica' : I Allegro con brioNikolaus Harnoncourt16:021.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55, 'Eroica' : II Marcia funebre - Adagio assaiNikolaus Harnoncourt14:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55, 'Eroica' : III Scherzo - Allegro vivaceNikolaus Harnoncourt 5:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55, 'Eroica' : IV Finale - Allegro moltoNikolaus Harnoncourt11:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68, 'Pastoral' : I Allegro, ma non troppoNikolaus Harnoncourt13:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68, 'Pastoral' : II Andante molto mossoNikolaus Harnoncourt12:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68, 'Pastoral' : III AllegroNikolaus Harnoncourt 5:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68, 'Pastoral' : IV AllegroNikolaus Harnoncourt 3:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68, 'Pastoral' : V AllegrettoNikolaus Harnoncourt 9:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Symphony No.8 in F major Op.93 : I Allegro vivace e con brioNikolaus Harnoncourt 9:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Symphony No.8 in F major Op.93 : II Allegretto scherzandoNikolaus Harnoncourt 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Symphony No.8 in F major Op.93 : III Tempo di MinuettoNikolaus Harnoncourt 5:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Symphony No.8 in F major Op.93 : IV Allegro vivaceNikolaus Harnoncourt 7:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Symphony No.2 in D major Op.36 : I Adagio molto - Allegro con brioNikolaus Harnoncourt12:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Symphony No.2 in D major Op.36 : II LarghettoNikolaus Harnoncourt10:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Symphony No.2 in D major Op.36 : III Scherzo - AllegroNikolaus Harnoncourt 4:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Symphony No.2 in D major Op.36 : IV Allegro moltoNikolaus Harnoncourt 6:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 : I Allegro con brioNikolaus Harnoncourt 7:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 : II Andante con motoNikolaus Harnoncourt10:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 : III AllegroNikolaus Harnoncourt 8:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 : IV AllegroNikolaus Harnoncourt10:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Symphony No.4 in B flat major Op.60 : I Adagio - Allegro vivaceNikolaus Harnoncourt12:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Symphony No.4 in B flat major Op.60 : II AdagioNikolaus Harnoncourt 9:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Symphony No.4 in B flat major Op.60 : III Allegro vivaceNikolaus Harnoncourt 5:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Symphony No.4 in B flat major Op.60 : IV Allegro, ma non troppoNikolaus Harnoncourt 6:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92 : I Poco sostenuto - VivaceNikolaus Harnoncourt14:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92 : II AllegrettoNikolaus Harnoncourt 8:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92 : III PrestoNikolaus Harnoncourt 9:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92 : IV Allegro con brioNikolaus Harnoncourt 8:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Symphony No.9 in D minor Op.125 : I Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestosoNikolaus Harnoncourt15:021.29  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Symphony No.9 in D minor Op.125 : II Molto vivaceNikolaus Harnoncourt13:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Symphony No.9 in D minor Op.125 : III Adagio molto e cantabileNikolaus Harnoncourt13:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen37. Symphony No.9 in D minor Op.125 : IV Presto - Allegro assai - 'Ode to Joy'Nikolaus Harnoncourt24:241.49  Buy MP3 


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Warner Classics have re-packaged the award winning Beethoven Symphony cycle with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Critically acclaimed as the best modern instrument recording of the cycle available, this set caused ‘Shock and Awe’ in the music industry when it was first released in 1991. Harnoncourt’s revolutionary approach to these great works remains un-challenged and they sound as fresh and as vibrant as the day they were recorded.
New features of this set include an elegant new cover design with new portrait photographs, a fully updated booklet with revised liner notes, and re-packaging to a 5CD plastic ‘multipack’ (without slipcase) with a 120 page booklet enclosed.
“…listening to this set, I was reminded over and over again how exciting it was to discover Beethoven’s symphonies for the first time.” (Gramophone)
“Everything Harnoncourt touches leaves one with a sense of a country rediscovered.” (Gramophone)
Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s recordings of the complete Beethoven Symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, released as a 5-CD set in 1991 by Teldec, were a hallmark in the history of Beethoven performance. They won virtually every major international award and have since sold in excess of 150,000 sets world-wide.
“The best of all Beethovens” (The Sunday Times)
“This exciting set is likely to influence and change perceptions for years to come.” (CD Review)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Beethoven Symphonies 1 - 9. Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir. With Charlotte Margiono, Rudolf Schasching, Birgit Remmert and Robert Holl. Recorded 1991. Teldec.

Harnoncourt's cycle starts off very impressively, aided by superb sound. It is hard to believe that this cycle was recorded live - it has the feel of a spacious studio acoustic. As with Karajan and Solti, Harnoncourt treats the First with just as much vitality and strength as the more mature symphonies: the tempi are solid not rushed and the instruments have a beautiful sheen to them, whilst never sacrificing body. The climaxes are just that - not the trashy bashing of a drum which so often disfigures Norrington's earlier period performances. I particularly liked the middle movements in this recording: the splendid playing is balanced with knife-edged drama and really spot-on tempos. The same is true of the Second: Harnoncourt really makes a dramatic statement about the piece and the result is really electrifying.

Undoubtedly any performance of the Eroica will have to bring out its harsh edges at times - especially in the first movement. Harnoncourt particularly excels in those moments - the characterisation of the first two movements is very powerful: dramatic and almost violent without being vulgar. Sometimes more repose is required in the marche funebre, but it all comes off quite nicely - the credit also due to the continued excellent playing of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

The Fourth does not quite equal the some of its parts. It starts out very beautifully and with a real sense of mystery, but much of it is a bit all over the place. I didn't really feel a cohesive vision. The slow movement was a particular movement - not as beautiful as it can be.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best lower-priced set there is 30 July 2007
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Like Paul Callick I felt, noticing the strangely negative first review here, that I must likewise try to restore a better view of this wonderful set.

I have owned several complete sets of the cycle, from Klemperer to Abbado, and for what it's worth the shimmering Berlin sound would make Abbado still my favourite among more expensive sets. Frankly I ignored Harnoncourt's set when it first appeared, even though the BBC's CD Review said "This astonishing recording shall influence and alter out perception of Beethoven for years to come". Why? Because I had listened to some early Harnoncourt and thought him pedantic. Wrong! How prejudiced we can be.

When a friend eventually played the Fourth for me, my jaw dropped open. The familiar drama and majesty of the great opening Adagio and Allegro were there in force, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on pin-point accuracy, drop-dead form. (Mostly non-historic instruments, though the trumpets are natural ones.) But Beethoven, who can so often seem like a cosmic force or a wizard, so dramatic is his vision, was here also speaking to me, in a coherent single, wise but smiling voice. (Almost with a wink, too!)

Harnoncourt's long-term understanding of the rhetoric of music - that it is always somehow a person speaking to us - is in full flood throughout this whole cycle. Everything is singing, and dancing at the same time - the very Austrian qualities so dominant in Haydn and Mozart leading into Beethoven and Schubert. Whether a movement is a fiercely rhythmic one or divinely lyrical, this is the most fully human (still awesomely powerful because of the orchestra's playing, but powerfully human) presentation of Beethoven I have heard. I loved the man even more because of meeting him in the music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed 19 Oct 2012
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I was brought up on Herbert Von Karajan as the top Beethoven conductor (Narrow-minded, I know) I later discovered that Klemperer, Furtwangler and Carlos Kleiber (to name a few) all had things to say. But in choosing Harnoncourt as my second complete set I have to say I have no regrets.

I'm not going to talk through the individual symphonies - I'm not that geeky, and the other favourable reviewers do that job - but Harnoncourt's rendition of the third symphony really got to me. Also, I loved the sense of an orchestra moving straight onto the next movement - you can feel those musicians working their bows and reeds off.

My one gripe is the fabulous andante moderato theme of the third movement of the 9th symphony. It's a little hasty, and held far less emotion for me than Karajan's interpretation.

It won't be the last full set I will buy (I'm intrigued by the Anima Eterna edition) but for the newcomer (or non-geek) I would not hesitate to recommend it.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazed 23 Feb 2007
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Reading the review above makes me want to write a review here for the first time. Who knows what that listener wanted...for me, this is simply a most wonderful series, with such clear, bold playing (especially in the unison passages). The dance figures are fresh and alive, and when the whole band gets going, the effect is like a landscape dancing. The detail and clarity of the playing is a marvel. For me, it was a conversion, after years of trying to love these pieces, but hearing them usually played, I guess, with either sententiousness or big-hair over-heightening of the romanticism. A lovely piece of playing which leaves the intelligence of the writing to speak for itself, and doesn't force anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven Bliss
Beethoven at his best, from Symphony 1 to 9, absolutely faultless, from the peaceful Pastoral to the rousing Choral. The ultimate and the best, all in one package. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Hurricane Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Beethoven cycle
This Beethoven cycle is very rewarding. Performance, interpretation as well as recording are first class. The listener will discover new dimensions not noticed before.
Published 23 months ago by Martijn
4.0 out of 5 stars Meticulous HIP reinterpretation that doesn't veer to any extreme
Paradoxically, Nikolaus Harnoncourt manages to bring forth a typically idiosyncratic reading of Beethoven's symphonies without sounding extreme in any direction. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2011 by Autonomeus
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!
After experiencing a rather dissapointing concert rendition of the 8th and 9th
symphonies, I decided to console myself in purchasing what I hoped might be a
decent... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2010 by Mr. A. D. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Beethoven
Harnoncourt just GETS Beethoven. The speeds are right (Beethoven tended to favour quick tempi) and the hollow Romanticism some conductors inject these pieces with is strikingly not... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2010 by Beethoven's brother
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special performance
I'm not musician enough to know why it is, but this set really communicates with me. I thought that over the last seventy years or so I had heard all the Beethoven symphonies... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2009 by RAMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the 14 cd set!
Brilliant as this is,there's a box with the Piano,violin,triple,overtures,ballet,and Missa Solemnis included--buy this,and never look back!
Published on 1 July 2009 by Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful set
I have recently returned to listen to all the various accounts that I have of the Beethovens in my collection after being so stimulated by Vanska's astonishing new series. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2008 by enthusiast
1.0 out of 5 stars Stone cold. I thought everybody was born with a soul.
Couldn't wait to spend last weekend playing through my new acquisition. Which is what it turned out to be - just that - a product. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2008 by GeeStrod
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best recordings of 1 to 9
I have many box sets of these symphonies gathering dust on my shelf, yet when I feel I need my spirits raised it is this set I turn to. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2007 by Mrs. Patricia Bark
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