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Great Symphonies: The Zurich Years 1995-2014 [Limited Deluxe] [Box set]

David Zinman , Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 50
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00I0IL3FA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

David Zinman conducts the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich 1995-2014
The Complete Arte Nova/RCA Recordings

After nearly 20 years in Zurich, David Zinman will retire after the 2013/24 season and leave the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich at the end of July 2014. Even in his 77th year, David Zinman’s enthusiasm for new music, new ideas and new ways of making music more accessible is always at the forefront of his mind.

As a music director, he has raised the standard of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra to an international level. He has introduced new types of concerts, and made the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich one of the most enviable organizations to be part of.

For Arte Nova/RCA Red Seal David Zinman has recorded highly acclaimed complete symphonic cycles from composers such as Beethoven, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann and Richard Strauss. Now for the first time, Sony Classical is releasing all of David Zinman’s Zurich recordings in a single box. Not only the legendary Beethoven albums he made for Arte Nova, but also the complete cycles of works by Brahms, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann and Richard Strauss.

  • Limited-Edition deluxe boxset with 50 CDs.
  • Each box will be individually numbered.
  • Includes Zinman’s legendary recordings of the complete Beethoven Symphonies
  • Includes all Beethoven concertos and overtures.
  • Includes complete Mozart Violin Concertos played by Pamela Frank.
  • Plus complete cycles of Brahms, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann and Richard Strauss.

    Set Contents:
    DISC 1-13:
  • Beethoven: Symphonies, Concertos, Overtures,
  • Missa Solemnis
    DISC 14-16:
  • Brahms: Complete Symphonies
    DISC 17:
  • Haydn, Hummel, David Wagenseil
  • Concertos for Trumpet & Trombone
    DISC 18-33:
  • Mahler: Complete Symphonies, Das Lied von der Erde
    DISC 34-35:
  • Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos, Haffner Serenade
    DISC 36-40:
  • Schubert: Complete Symphonies, Rondo, Polonaise, Concert Piece D Major
    DISC 41-42:
  • Schumann: Complete Symphonies
    DISC 43-49:
  • Richard Strauss: Orchestral Works
  • Burleske for Piano and Orchestra in D minor (1957)
    DISC 50:
  • Wagner: Scenes & Orchestral Pieces

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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Familar Masterpieces - Fresh Manifestations 5 April 2014
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    This collection is something remarkable, exceptional; it possesses certain features that mark it out as quite special.

    In the first place there is a rare consistency about the entire project. This is all the more noteworthy in view of the quite wide time-frame that the collection spans. Yet despite this there is a consistency both to the performances and the recording. The recorded sound is altogether superb - the balance, the clarity and spatial realism are of the highest order, no doubt due in large measure to the glorious acoustic of the Zurich Tonhalle itself.

    No less consistently excellent is the Zurich orchestra, which Zinman has moulded into one of the very finest. His wise use of period instruments in certain works adds immeasurably to the impact of those particular recordings.

    Not the least virtue of the collection is its sheer generosity: it includes a set of the Beethoven symphonies that is fresh and gripping; a wonderfully alert, sensitive and exploratory cycle of Schubert symphonies - I'd single out the Great C Major (here number 8, usually known as number 9): Zinman's performance is full of captivating insights and the utmost attention to detail, melded into a glorious and cumulative whole - I'm not sure I've ever heard the coda sound so triumphant and emphatic. The performances of the four Schumann symphonies I have long thought to be worthy of the highest praise. And I'm inclined to believe that I may well come to consider Zinman's recordings of the Brahms symphonies as almost their equal, certainly this is the case with the First (although the conclusion of the Fourth is a shade under-whelming - compare Bohm!). However the most exciting discovery for me is Zinman's Mahler.
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    38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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    The brand name RCA-Sony Classics is a guarantee of a quality box set. For example, they have released Toscanini the complete RCA collection, Reiner the complete Chicago Symphony Orchestra recordings, Davis the complete RCA recordings and Verdi, the great recordings. I know, I own them. Therefore, what Sony Classics have done, is to take the best ideas from the box sets I have mentioned, to create the David Zinman 50 CD s set. The proof that Sony have taken trouble over this box set, is that the spines are the colour of the sleeves, so you get Salmon red, Olive green, Prussian blue, grey, then salmon red, black, deep brown,dark green back to Salmon red again. When you look down, the colours blend into a half cube shape. In otherwords, the entire open box becomes an artistic statement.

    The box has another placed inside, to strengthen it. Each end has thick black foam rubber to protect the CD's. This might make the box longer, but it adds protection, for you intend to keep it for years. The CD sleeves are made of sturdy cardboard, but will not ruin your CD's. On the front is a painting of the composer and his name, with the symphonies to be played. On the back, CD and track numbers. The colour code is on the sleeve and the entire CD. So the Beethoven symphonies are a salmon red and the Overtures and Piano concerto's of the composer, light Olive green. Mahler Grey and so forth. The CDs have all the details such as the composer, symphony and CD numbers in silver letters. On the sleeve's spine is the CD number, composer, symphony and other pieces to be played. You cannot get lost. The lid can be used to place the Sleeves in when you are playing the CD's.

    There is a booklet of 39 pages, giving the Composer, CD number and soloists.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars David Zinman - a true pupil of Monteux 22 Sep 2014
    By claesvz
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    I heard Zinman the forst time in spring 1964 when he replaced his teacher Pierre Monteux leading the LSO in Romeo et Juliette by Berlioz. I was sad that I would not hear Monteux again - I had heard him conduct Le Sacre at the 50th anniversary of its first night - so I had to comfort me that I might have heard a new great conductor starting his career.
    Since then I have heard him a couple of times leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in pleasingly straightforward readings, in January this year in Strauss Don Juan and Brahms first symphony. Now having listened to a number of the works in this large box I feel that he is a true pupil of his much loved teacher Monteux. No fuss, no idiosyncrasies but clear readings with a pulse forward: The music is in center, the conductor follows the orchestra with a bemused smile - well, of course is is the other way around but you feel with Zinman that he liberates the orhestra to do its proper job to play the music. I can imagine Monteux nod in approval, that "I know what I did when I made this young jewish boy from the Bronx to be my assistant!"
    Zinman has said what he feels grateful for is that Monteux had faith in him. I think that is a key word - Zinman can also convey to musicians that he has faith in them and thus be able to liberate them.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Let your ears be the judged 24 Mar 2014
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    I never had a recording of David Zinman in my collection.I bought this box set which arrived and listened to Beethoven symphony 3 and Schuman Symphony number 1 am impressed with the sound of the cd which is crystal clear with an excellent bass that want you to listen to music. I have several version of Beethoven symphony number 3 but one has become my top choice.Full review later as I am going to take my time to listen to the cd,one cd per day.The box is solid with ample space for the 50 cd and well protected.On the strength of listening to 2 cd and I am the other 48 cd will not disappointed me.So far this box set is highly recommended and for the price it is a bargain. I am listening to Mahler symphonies and the sound is crystal clear and can hear a lot of detail,is it sacd recording in the box set. Can some one clarify it for me.Thanks.Update.After listening to Malher symphonies I am very impressed as Zinman stick to the score and so different to the way some others famous conductor render Mahler symphonies.Lister 3rd movement of Symphony 1 and compare with other version.No hysteria just pure beautiful music,crytal clear.I could say it is like Toscanni conducting in modern sound.Do not bother about critics who live up to thier name,Just buy this box and it will be an investment for life.I nearly jump when I heard the 4th movement of symphony 1. Now amazon is selling this box set at a give away price of £43 buy it now before it revert back to the original price.The sound of these cd is crystal clear and in Mahler symphonies you need to increase the volume to appreciate the details and get full benefit and again buy now before increase in price.
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