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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Box ( Michael Gielen, SWR Sinfonieorchester) (Euroarts: 2050558) [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: SWR Sinfonieorchester
  • Format: Box set, Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2050558
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 365 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ABNCNG0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,332 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Beethoven Complete Symphonies BOX


Michael Gielen
SWR Sinfonieorchester


When Gielen started confronting orchestras and audiences with Performances of Beethoven that took the composers metronome markings literally, he was met with displeasure and incomprehension on all sides. The prevailing opinion was that there was something wrong with Beethovens metronome (or else with the conductor who took the figures seriously). But Gielen refuses to see why Fate necessarily has to knock at the door slowly (in the Fifth). Why cant it knock rapidly? After all, Fate is impatient. And a gigantic movement like the Allegro con brio of the Eroica is incomprehensible except at the fast tempo Beethoven asks for.

The Legendary Recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's symphonies with SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 4:3
Sound formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: 0
Subtitles: English, German, French
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: DVD 1: 110 mins, DVD 2: 114 mins, DVD 3: 141 mins

Product Description

EURA 2050558; EURARTS - Germania; Classica Lirica

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4.0 out of 5 stars Clean product 12 May 2013
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Video very clear much better than Karajan's Sony set, which appears misty and out of focus, however, music performance lacks bulldog Beethoven bite which Herbert always achieved .The South West Radio are very smart
And give a very clean performance more for relaxing than sitting on the edge of your seat,I would advice listening
And watching late evening, maybe two symphonies per sitting, but as always leave the ninth till last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting approach to Beethoven. 10 Mar 2013
These performances of the complete Beethoven Symphonies were recorded live at the Konzerthaus Freiburg between December 1997 and February 2000. They have previously surfaced as a 5 CDset on the Hanssler Classics label. Gielen also has another recorded cycle of these works on EMI (1998) which are now out-of-print and, even in the second-hand market are extremely difficult to obtain as a set.

As a complete cycle of the Beethoven Symphonies I found this set very enjoyable. The symphonies are performed on modern instruments and, generally speaking, tempi are brisk, more akin to the performances one finds on period instrument collections. However, in the main, I did find them compelling. There is energy and yet a warmth in Gielen's conducting. Textures are transparent and he elicits great precision from the orchestra. This, to me, is no-nonsense Beethoven. It is a very lean approach to the symphonies. I do not think, however, that he penetrates the depths of these symphonies to the same extent as, for instance, Furtwangler does, but Gielen does share many insights into these works with the listener.

Having watched and listened to all the symphonies here, I would single out symphonies 4 and 7 as being the best and most effective performances. Symphonies 2 and 5 have opening movements which are very brisk, perhaps too much so for some, but I did think the performances worked. The problematic symphony for me was no. 6. The opening movement is too fast and as a whole the symphony sounded superficial. In fact, I would go as far to say that it sounded rushed and frantic.

Gielen is one of the least flamboyant conductors I have ever seen grace the podium. His conducting manner is very restrained and sober. He conducts from a score and is very undemonstrative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting approach to Beethoven. 10 Mar 2013
By Mr. S. Greenbank - Published on Amazon.com
These performances of the complete Beethoven Symphonies were recorded live at the Konzerthaus Freiburg between December 1997 and February 2000. They have previously surfaced as a 5 CDset on the Hanssler Classics label. Gielen also has another recorded cycle of these works on EMI (1998) which are now out-of-print and, even in the second-hand market are extremely difficult to obtain as a set.

As a complete cycle of the Beethoven Symphonies I found this set very enjoyable. The symphonies are performed on modern instruments and, generally speaking, tempi are brisk, more akin to the performances one finds on period instrument collections. However, in the main, I did find them compelling. There is energy and yet a warmth in Gielen’s conducting. Textures are transparent and he elicits great precision from the orchestra. This, to me, is no-nonsense Beethoven. It is a very lean approach to the symphonies. I do not think, however, that he penetrates the depths of these symphonies to the same extent as, for instance, Furtwangler does, but Gielen does share many insights into these works with the listener.

Having watched and listened to all the symphonies here, I would single out symphonies 4 and 7 as being the best and most effective performances. Symphonies 2 and 5 have opening movements which are very brisk, perhaps too much so for some, but I did think the performances worked. The problematic symphony for me was no. 6. The opening movement is too fast and as a whole the symphony sounded superficial. In fact, I would go as far to say that it sounded rushed and frantic.

Gielen is one of the least flamboyant conductors I have ever seen grace the podium. His conducting manner is very restrained and sober. He conducts from a score and is very undemonstrative. Camera work is very good and well-judged, and adds to the enjoyment of the works. Apart from one or two reservations regarding tempi and the less than successful performance of the 6th symphony, this set can be recommended.
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