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Beethoven For All: The Symphonies [Box set]

Daniel Barenboim Audio CD
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Daniel Barenboim, born in Buenos Aires in 1942, started piano lessons at the age of five and gave his first official concert in 1950. He made his debut as a pianist in Vienna and Rome in 1952. In 1954, he took part in Igor Markevitch’s conducting classes in Salzburg and played for Wilhelm Furtwängler, who described him as ‘a phenomenon’. In 1955 he studied with Nadia ... Read more in Amazon's Daniel Barenboim Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B007TKKPZO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con Brio
2. Andante Cantabile Con Moto
3. Menuetto (Allegro Molto E Vivace)
4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro Molto E Vivace)
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con Brio
2. Larghetto
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Allegro Molto
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Disc: 3
1. Allegro Con Brio
2. Andante Con Moto
3. Allegro
4. Allegro
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Disc: 4
1. Poco Sostenuto - Vivace
2. Allegretto
3. Presto - Assai Meno Presto
4. Allegro Con Brio
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Disc: 5
1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco Maestoso
2. Molto Vivace
3. Adagio Molto E Cantabile
4. Finale (Presto - Allegro Assai) - Various Performers

Product Description

DEC 4783511; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barenboim for All - the Symphonies 13 Sep 2012
By Entartete Musik TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Beethoven's symphonies have been gifted two extraordinary surveys in the past year, both on Decca. Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester took a strict-to-metronome approach, reaping considerable interpretative rewards. Theirs was a fleet and furious cycle, imbued with an untameable joie de vivre. Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra take a more sober approach. Not for them the pursuit of any 'historically informed' touches, making the WEDO sound considerably broader and 'European' here. This has a formidable impact on the scores, albeit with ultimately mixed results.

The funeral march in the 'Eroica', for instance, is pensive, proper and in a completely different conceptual and musical league to Dudamel's recent slack recording with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Barenboim understands where this movement has come from and where it's going. Imbued with the weight of that history, its significance tells immediately. The silences crackle like log-jammed synapses. You eagerly await more.

Such concentration pays further dividends in the battleground of the 5th Symphony, where nothing is taken for granted. The determination in Barenboim's Beethoven comes not from speed (as with Chailly), but from its weight and tenacity. That iron will elicits motivic understanding from the players and consequently a formidable sense of structure. The lower end of the dynamic range has insidious tension, not least in the allegretto of the 7th Symphony, which, rather than providing a means to a fortissimo end, both enhances the finale and its own music.

Not everything is so well served by Barenboim's well-upholstered approach.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven at it's best 18 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the East Western Divan orchestra (made up of young amateur musicians from the Middle East (Arab & Israel) under the direction of one of it's founders - Daniel Barenboim on a DVD of the 2012 BBC Proms, where they performed all 9 symphonies. I then knew that I had to have the CDs. What a pleasant surprise to find them on Amazon a a very special price. The performances by this young orchestra are superlative and the CD set has become a treasured possession. I thoroughly recommend these recordings to anyone!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barenboim and West-Eastern Divan 22 Aug 2012
By catwing
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I consider this recording as one of the best interpretations of Beethoven symphonies. The dynamics, the richness of tones and textures make me feel I am both playing in the orchestra and listening it from the Gallery of the Royal Albert Hall where Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan performed the same music during the 2012 Proms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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See also my review of Brahms symphonies ... this review reflects exactly the same opinion I have of getting them all in a box at a reasonable price but still with great recordings, composers and music directors, like Daniel Barenboim! Wow! Annika, Brussels
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I heard these at the proms last summer and thought they brought a new and exciting sound to the Beethoven symphonies. The CDs lived up to my expectations and they are very worthwhile addition to my library. The price was an added bonus. They will give many years of pleasure. Thankyou.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAPPINESS, pure and blissful. 24 Aug 2012
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I had downloaded Karajan's recordings of the 9 Beethovens from my DVDs onto my MP4 and therefore listened often. After hearing (and seeing) Danial Baremboim and his Divan orchestra play them at the Proms 2012 I found it impossible to listen to the Karajan recordings. I even began to doubt that I was listenting to the same works. A whole new world had suddenly opened up. Need I say more?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Apology 6 Sep 2012
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Some recently minted octagenarians (like me) try playing music CD's on a DVD player - I did with this Beethoven For All!! And the chaptering did not work!! Surprise,surprise. However, we learn from our mistakes. I am happy to say that my discs plays very well on a CD player - as good as the live broadcast from the Proms. Allow me, then, to encourage music lovers to acquire this set and enjoy nine gloriously performed symphonies.
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I first caught the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on TV performing Beethoven's 9th on the Proms and was blown away by them. Since then, it's my preference to only listen to Beethoven's work by them. I've listened to others orchestra's but nothing seems to capture the emotion, the beauty and magnificence of the original work as they do.
I'm often moved to tears listening to their recording of Beethoven's 9th. To me, if you're going to listen to the works of Beethoven at it's best, then this is the recording for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Barenboim: No mere Furtwangler clone & a Beethoven cycle from a...
The critical consensus is right on this one: This cycle with the West-Eastern Divan, while having some expectant high and low points, cannot favorably compare to Barenboim's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by THE BLUEMAHLER
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless purchase
the tracks are not in order so the album is useless.
I shall delete it.
Money completely wasted
useless purchase
Published 5 months ago by Saifer
4.0 out of 5 stars music is ok.........
I am not a technophobe and do not pretend to understand the technicalities of different orchestras/conductors. Read more
Published 5 months ago by I. Macleod
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
I brought this for my partner on his birthday, he has recently shown an interest in the music and he was more than pleased with this as a gift. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. M. Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection.
If you want a collection of all the Beethoven symphonies conducted by Barenboim who really knows the music and with an orchestra that has been honed skillfully this is the one to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by e.sandeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recording
Sharp,clear,warm rendition under Barenboim's baton. Every symphony worth listening to and the box is excellent value. Delighted that I bought it.
Published 13 months ago by Stephen Lowe
1.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven for all the Symphonies
I am very sorry to say that after waiting expectantly for the arrival of the cds ,I found that each cd was faulty with loads of skipping and jumping throughout . Read more
Published 15 months ago by flinders
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven Symphonies
Magical. Worth every penny and certainly value for money. I would purchase any other Daniel Barenboim recordings if he were conducting the West-East Divan orchestra.
Published 15 months ago by sally hayman
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSICAL MUSIC
AS A LOVER OF CLASSICAL MUSIC AS WELL AS OTHER STYLES THE RECORDINGS ON THIS CD ARE FOR THE TRUE LISTENER
Published 15 months ago by Mr. J. A. Gebbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven Symphonies
by B arenboim

marvellous orchestra
Saw on TV
V. precise playing
Orchestra held in thraw by conductor
Very disciplined approach
Published 16 months ago by Malcolm White
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