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Beethoven : Complete Symphonies Box set


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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B008MB2B3S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
2. II. Andante cantabile con moto
3. III. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
4. IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
2. II. Larghetto
3. III. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. IV. Allegro molto
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Disc: 3
1. I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Allegro vivace - Trio (Un poco meno allegro)
4. IV. Allegro ma non troppo
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
2. II. Allegretto - Sir Simon Rattle
3. III. Presto - Assai meno presto
4. IV. Allegro con brio
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Disc: 5
1. I. Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso - Barbara Bonney/Birgit Remmert/Kurt Streit/Thomas Hampson/City Of Birmingham Symphony Chorus/Wiener Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle
2. II. Molto vivace - Simon Rattle
3. III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Barbara Bonney/Birgit Remmert/Kurt Streit/Thomas Hampson/City Of Birmingham Symphony Chorus/Wiener Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle
4. IV. Presto - Allegro assai - Simon Rattle
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elginson on 11 May 2014
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Everyone knows Beethoven's symphonies so the music itself needs no review, but these performances and the recording itself are certainly worthy of high praise and recommendation. Sir Simon Rattle matured early into one of the world's great conductors and interpreters and, although he is up against the greatest possible competition in this repertoire, his conducting is a triumph. These recordings are a perfect choice for someone who wants all the fire, pace and life of a modern interpretation but doesn't insist on all-period instruments. Rattle proves again that it is possible to keep a modern approach whilst using traditional forces. The Wiener Philharmoniker are, of course, on home ground with this work and must have played the symphonies a thousand times. However there is no sense of repetition or over-familiarity here. The music is alive and fresh. I enjoyed the 1st Symphony more here than for a long time and it struck me what a neglected work it can be. The 3rd and 5th keep an appropriate sense of energy and power, and the 7th and 8th are full of joy. The 6th, with its well-known themes, also came up fresh and engaging while the 9th is inspirational as always. The recording quality strikes me as clear and involving and the price makes this set wonderful value for money. I whole-heartedly recommend it. In fact, may it give you as much pleasure as it has already given me.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2013
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For quality of presentation this is the set to buy. EMI have excelled with the packaging, opting for a box with slide-out drawer, opened via a tab of green silky material, holding the 5 CDs, each of which is presented in a card wallet with full track details and times. The presentation box artwork is second to none, the front showing an almost-smiling Sir Simon Rattle, the rear showing a view of him from behind, hands clasped in self-satisfied stance.

Also included in the box is a 90 page (30 in English) hard backed booklet, printed on quality paper showing the track listing, details of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, notes on the Urtext editions and of course pictures of Rattle, Beethoven, Beethoven's home in Vienna, the orchestra, and much more. The booklet interestingly includes the year in which each symphony was composed and first performed.

Before purchasing this set I noticed the words `live recordings' on the rear of the box, and was concerned there may be audience noise or, even worse, applause between movements. Thankfully there is no such interference and no evidence of any ambient noises from the audience if in fact there was one.

The sound quality is outstanding, with each instrument clearly separated and audible, and although the interpretations may not suit everyone's taste (such as tempo changes), the performances are simply stunning. The energy level throughout is relentless, with an edginess to the playing which creates a real feeling of passion and an urgency to the music. Rattle's conducting certainly brings out the best in the performers, even if that means upsetting some who prefer their cycle a little more sedately played.

Everyone will have an opinion on these interpretations, with the usual debate upon the merits of each movement of each symphony, but I simply love these for their enthusiastic and dynamic performance.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By S.Gledhill on 14 Feb. 2013
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9 symphonies superbly recorded and played by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.The clarity of inner textual detail is quite outstanding and shows what superb wind players the VPO has:the tempos in the main are brisk(even the funeral march of the Eroica!)and in the 8th symphony Sir Simon sticks very closely to Beethoven's metronome marks.The 9th symphony is truly magnificent and it is interesting to note that Sir Simon uses his old CBSO chorus,who are quite superb.A set well worth acquiring.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By N. E. M. Goulder on 17 Dec. 2013
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It's become so "normal" to do the complete Beethoven to an excellent standard that one often forgets the extraordinary originality of Beethoven's achievement. What I like about Rattle is that he never seems to forget that originality. He brings a freshness to the music that's almost compulsive, when one often feels with this music that it is so easy to fall into complacency. That of course is also an issue for the listener.
Let me provoke your thoughts with a question. When you hear this music, do you think "my goodness, how remarkable and challenging was this music when first written" ... or do you think "gosh, I am not sure I want to hear this for is it the twentyfifth time?"?
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Woodford on 12 Dec. 2012
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Simon Rattle continues to court controversy and divide opinion in almost everything he does. This set was no exception. Rattle conducting the Vienna Philharmonic performing the nine symphonies of Beethoven would appear to be a sound bet. But the nine must surely be the most difficult of all symphonies to interpret. So much is expected and the anticipation is always that something unusual must be attempted to distinguish a cycle from the countless other recordings available.

Rattle does try something unusual in that he adopts a slightly period approach with this most traditional of orchestras (as opposed to Thielemann's recent set with the Vienna Phil which is very much a return to the traditional). In my opinion he doesn't quite manage to fully succeed, great conductor though he is. The recordings seem to slightly lack the joy and nobility of purpose which is the very essence of Beethoven.

A good cycle, but there are many great ones available. For the traditional approach try Furtwangler, Klemperer, Bohm or Karajan. If you prefer more modern interpretations which are currently fashionable then I would recommend Harnoncourt, Gardiner or Charles Mackerras' underrated cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
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