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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies [Box set, Import]

John Eliot Gardiner Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0033QC0WE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 1. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con BrioOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 2. Andante Cantabile Con MotoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro Molto E Vivace)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro Molto E Vivace)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 1. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con BrioOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique12:08£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 2. LarghettoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique10:19£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 4. Allegro MoltoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:08£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -''Eroica'' - 1. Allegro Con BrioOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique15:36£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -''Eroica'' - 2. Marcia Funebre (Adagio Assai)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique12:41£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -''Eroica'' - 3. Scherzo (Allegro Vivace)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -''Eroica'' - 4. Finale (Allegro Molto)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique10:41£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 1. Adagio - Allegro VivaceOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique10:56£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 2. AdagioOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 9:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 3. Allegro VivaceOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 4. Allegro Ma Non TroppoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:24£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro Con BrioOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 2. Andante Con MotoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 3. AllegroOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 7:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 4. AllegroOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 9:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -''Pastoral'' - 1. Erwachen Heiterer Empfindungen Bei Der Ankunft Auf Dem Lande: Allegro Ma Non TroppoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique11:13£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -''Pastoral'' - 2. Szene Am Bach: (Andante Molto Mosso)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique12:00£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -''Pastoral'' - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein Der Landleute (Allegro)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -''Pastoral'' - 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -''Pastoral'' - 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe Und Dankbare Gefühle Nach Dem Sturm: AllegrettoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 9:16£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 1. Poco Sostenuto - VivaceOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique13:09£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 2. AllegrettoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 7:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai Meno PrestoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro Con BrioOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 9:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 1. Allegro Vivace E Con BrioOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 2. Allegretto ScherzandoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 3. Tempo Di MenuettoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 4. Allegro VivaceOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:17£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Listen  1. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco MaestosoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique13:05£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 2. Molto VivaceOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique13:07£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 3. Adagio Molto E CantabileOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique12:06£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 4. Presto - Allegro AssaiOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 4. Presto - ''O Freunde Nicht Diese Töne''Gilles Cachemaille15:54£1.89  Buy MP3 


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DGG 4778643; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Orchestrale

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By Yi-Peng VINE VOICE
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I know this cycle of Beethoven symphonies can raise eyebrows (and it has done so since it was released in 1994.) However, I've loved this Gardiner Beethoven set (and many other recordings of his) since I was young. I deeply enjoy and cherish the music-making he elicits from his marvellous period instrument orchestras. In the case of this Beethoven, this cycle was like a breath of fresh air to me, after I felt jaded by the slower Karajan, Furtwängler and Klemperer-type approach to these works. I deeply enjoy Gardiner's music-making in this series of recordings, and I rather like the polished and characterful playing from the ORR that involves me in the music. No offence to the other Beethoven sets currently available, but I think the ORR still makes a marvellous sound. I think that it's capable of making the works sound big when needed, but yet scales back to a more chamber-like sound in the lighter symphonies. And I know that period-instruments don't always provide pleasant sounds, but I think the playing is superb and the individual instruments are still able to "sing".

Gardiner's Beethoven cycle does a marvellous job at capturing the Sturm und Drang aspect of the symphonies. Though some people are in principle against the fast speeds that he and his historically-informed coworkers adopt, Gardiner makes them work and work convincingly. I see this to great effect in symphonies like the Eroica and the Fifth. Works like these benefit from a relentless urgency and performances like these put me on the edge of my seat. Gardiner also turns in some energetic and rhythmic performances of the Seventh and Eighth symphonies. I also rather enjoy the Gardiner version of the Pastoral symphony.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literally gutsy, utterly brilliant. 30 Aug 2010
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One of the criticisms always levelled at Original Instruments recordings is that they are the work of pedants, who care more for reproducing an 'authentic' sound than producing a great recording - but I dare any naysayer to call Gardiner's Beethoven cycle pedantic! For those used to the luscious strings and slower tempi of Klemperer or Abbado, this set can seem brutal; but therein lies its brilliance. Here is a Beethoven never content to wallow; the gut strings *are* gutsy, and shimmer with an organic beauty, and the woodwind and brass fizz and sparkle. This is raw, blood-red Beethoven, with a freshness you won't hear elsewhere on disc. At under £2 a symphony? Snap it up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a bargain now 28 Nov 2012
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I think I wrote a review of the full price set some time ago. I was probably lukewarm at best about it. I feel that the set may have had a capacity to shock once but that time has dulled that. What remains is a set that has some interesting things in it but perhaps not a single performance that would be in a list of "Beethoven performances that you must hear". In this I feel it was so different from the once equally shocking Harnoncourt set because (for me, anyway) that set has gone on to become a standard to judge others by. It has matured as I have listened to it over the years! Similarly, van Immerseel has since given us a HIP Beethoven set that is far more rounded and enjoyable than Gardiner and all the more successful for that.

And yet at this now very cheap price (less than £15) there is a very strong case to get this Gardiner set. Gardiner's approach is uncompromising and that is perhaps it's strength. It has this quality in common with the great Beethoven conductor of an earlier age, Otto Klemperer. It doesn't often smile and it rarely charms. But it sometimes thrills and makes you shout (perhaps for joy!). You may not like or love it so much but it means something and is historically important.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate beethoven? 5 April 2014
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still my 1st choice for a period instrument performance. Tempi are quick but without the exageration of 21st century performers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing take on Beethoven's masterpieces 10 Aug 2013
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As a fan of the old-school 1963 Karajan recordings of Beethoven's 9 Symphonies, it is quite something to say that I love these recordings by Gardiner and the ORR, which provide a new and refreshing take on these familiar works. The recordings and performances are clear and crisp, and are meant to by presented in the way that Beethoven himself might have performed them in his day, and using period instruments. One major feature that is immediately apparent is the greatly increased tempo, which if you are used to the more popular mainstream recordings (particularly Karajan) may be off-putting at first.
This recording has allowed me to enjoy some of the symphonies that have never done anything for me previously, most importantly the 7th and 8th, two masterpieces that somehow alluded me for some years at the hands of Karajan. While on the other side the increased tempo and thinned-down, cleaner texture at first didn't sound quite right when applied to the 5th - although I now absolutely love this interpretation and listen to it more often than any other recording.

This is Beethoven made clean, fast and fun.
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Beethoven, along with Mozart, has always been a favorite composer of mine, his music is always powerful and descriptive, the differences between his 5th and 6th symphonies are staggering, the 5th full of emotion and anger, banned by Hitler during the 2nd world war, as the opening bars in Morse code spelled Victory.
The 6th symphony is quite sublime, describing in music, a walk through his beloved countryside in spring, from the very first stirrings of dawn, the birds in their dawn chorus, through to the birdsong of many birds, quite distinctly, the cuckoo, a walk through a passing storm, the raindrops gently dripping through the woodland, it is all there in music, down to the last setting of the sun as the dusk turns to night.
As with all archive recordings, excellent, and as such, highly recommended!
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