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Beethoven: The Symphonies Box set


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  • Orchestra: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0000AKUAL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21 - Adagio molto - Allegro con brio"
2. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21 - Andante cantabile con moto"
3. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21 - Menuetto - Allegro molto e vivace"
4. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21 - Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace"
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Disc: 2
1. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36 - Adagio molto - allegro con brio"
2. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36 - Largetto"
3. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36 - Scherzo - allegro"
4. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36 - Allegro molto"
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Disc: 3
1. "Beethoven : Overture - Coriolan, Op. 62"
2. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60 - Adagio - Allegro vivace"
3. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60 - Adagio"
4. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60 - Allegro vivace - un poco meno allegro"
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Disc: 4
1. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 - Allegro con brio"
2. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 - Andante con moto"
3. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 - Allegro"
4. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 - Allegro"
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Disc: 5
1. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ""Choral""- Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso"
2. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ""Choral""- Molto vivace"
3. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ""Choral""- Adagio molto e cantabile"
4. "Beethoven : Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ""Choral""- (1) Presto"
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb. 2004
What an impressive set. The astonishing vitality and freshness of insight make it difficult to believe the recordings were made when Menuhin was nearly eighty! He brings a generous wealth of experience and his own legendary musical gifts. There cannot be the slightest doubt about Menuhin’s wholehearted commitment to the music. And the Sinfonia Varsovia match his enthusiasm with superb response, their playing is beautiful, agile and full of energy. There is nothing in the least routine about Menuhin’s conducting. The string phrasing is marvellously agile and alert. Menuhin is able to combine the closest attention to the score with an utterly unsentimental truthfulness, the results are deeply moving but not in the least fussy. Tempi are generally fast, some hair-raisingly so! The finales of 2, 4, 8 and especially 7 carry a thrilling positive charge. The 5th has power and drive without any bombast. The Eroica, the Pastoral and the 9th are full of genuine joy and fiery light. Beautifully produced recordings carry truthfully balanced detail, catching at one extreme the strings’ almost breathless whisper at the start of the slow movements of 3 and 7 and at the other the outrageously thrilling timpani. This is a very special set of Beethoven performances, an absolute bargain not to be missed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 April 2007
In his latter years, Menuhin played less (in public, at least) and conducted more. His Mozart and Beethoven Symphonies with the Sinfonia Varviso are among the great bargains of the CD catalogue. The orchestra is an excellent one and, whatever Menuhin did - and it is said that his conducting was often more inspirational than 'expert' in a technical sense - these performances are absolutely reliable but also absolutely alive. Beethoven is well served here by interpretations quite without idiosyncracy - you can trust them - but never with any sense of mere routine. From the playfulness of the First Symphony through the grandeur of the 'Eroica' and the momentum and drive of the Seventh up to the splendour of the Choral Finale in the Ninth, this is thoroughly gripping, and to get the set for so few pennies seems beyond beliief. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 21 Nov. 2006
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This boxed set is truly phenomenal, especially at this price. Yehudi Menuhins notes on each symphony are concise and good, especially for No.5. A couple of the recordings are live, including the Fifth, which is excellent. The control of the orchestra is superb, each section being given it's chance to shine. Especially good is Symphony No.7: a piece i was not very familiar with, but which has won me over! Superb purchase.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Morgan on 11 Nov. 2006
Overall this is a good buy, however, the fact that most of the symphonies are live makes most of the first movements of each symphony and last movement of each symphony quite annoiyng due to the fact the audience clap for quite a while makes this recording a two star rating.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Beethoven aflame! 24 May 2008
By Larry Lapidus - Published on Amazon.com
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This set has received lukewarm, patronizing reviews. I cannot figure out why. Every bar glows with the imagination and vitality that we hear in Menuhin's own playing, when his unreliable technique permitted. I think here of his Beethoven and Brahms concerto recordings with Furtwangler, and of his early recording of the Mendelssohn Concerto. The Sinfonia Varsovia is certainly no Wiener Philharmoniker, but their playing is lithe and sonorous, and they are obviously inspired by their conductor. It is customary to praise recordings by saying that they reveal a wealth of previously unheard detail. What I hear in these recordings is expressive coherence I had not heard before, resulting from Menuhin's largely successful effort at capturing Beethoven's original impulses which lead to his decision to set down a certain sequence of pitches and to assign them to certain instruments. The Beethoven of this set of symphonies is a fabulously gifted speaker, whose gift of conversation brings forth an torrent of ideas, exhortations, pleas and witticisms that endlessly delight the ear, activate the mind, and purify the soul.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Crisp 7 July 2011
By Jeffrey Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
I have listened to many collections of symphonies, waiting for a decent recording. This is one of the best I have heard. The recording feels crisp and modern. Too many recordings sound like there are socks over the microphones or they are recorded from another room. This one sounds full, close, and modern. Excellent job!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent set!! 24 April 2012
By Hank - Published on Amazon.com
Late in his career the great Menuhin partnered with this orchestra who were very devoted to him and making beautiful music together. The Penguin Guide gave this a very high rating. It is a fine set at a bargain price, not to be missed.
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