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on 3 May 2014
As a very long lover of the Beethoven symphonies, going back over 60 years, this DVD for pure enjoyment is the best ever for me.

My first recording was of course long play records in the fifties by the renowned Toscanini with - if my memory serves me, and most likely it doesn't! - the New York Symphony. His interpretation to say the least was brash and had pace, but was certainly exhilarating!

Then cam Klemperer (if I have spelt it right) the exact opposite who to say the least was ponderous, and whose interpretation I could not take to. I believe this was with a German orchestra.

My next set of the symphonies was the indomitable Karajan and the Philharmonia, first on Cd then lately on DVD, but the DVD was spoilt for me by the regimentation of the orchestra, and I have never been enamoured by an all-male musicians. The production was poor, seeing only very small sections of the orchestra and far too much of Karajan himself.

But already having Barenboim pieces, I purchased the Beethoven set, and was completely bound over. For me, the little idiosyncrasies that seem to bother some, have no meaning at all, I just go for the sheer enjoyment of the playing, and with a DVD the production, the playing is superb as is Barenboin's interpretation, by far the best. Mind you, recorded at the Proms the production had the might of the BBC behind it, and was faultless. Yes we saw the individual players, but much, much more of the orchestra, and larger section of it too, with Barenboin himself so much more of a performer than the rather staid Karajan.

Though I expect many will not agree, as I mentioned, the whole production for me is for the enjoyment, and these symphonies I enjoyed as never before, with the Westeaston Divan Orchestra a real mix of performers, who certainly were not restricted by that German regimentation, giving the works a fresh and enjoyable outlook.

Tom Crossley
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on 19 March 2015
I only leave reviews for products when they are either exceptionally good or bad. These DVDs are above exceptionally good. I've always enjoyed listening to Beethoven's symphonies on CDs and only rarely seen them being played. Watching this orchestra in full-flow gives the music so much more depth and passion. I could watch these over and over again such is the beauty of the performances. It works out at £10 per DVD so is also excellent value for money.

I would recommend this DVD set to anybody.
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on 5 January 2015
There is a saying "you cannot teach an old dog new tricks" but the East-West Divan has this impact on Daniel Barenboim. His wisdom and their energy. Wow!
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on 25 May 2015
I bought this DVD having seen some of its contents on Youtube, and wanting a permanent record that wasn't dependent on that. My primary interest is in the West Eastern Divan Orchestra and cannot claim to know much about the technical excellence of the performances, or their defects. One review of the 9th Symphony concert recorded here described the WEDO as a 'mixed ability' orchestra and this is true, but the passion and care put into the performances are unmistakable. In the Choral Symphony the NYCGB puts in a wonderful performance, as do the soloists. But there are great pleasures here even in lesser known works like the 1st and 7th symphonies.
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on 25 July 2015
I watched this on TV in 2012, and wanted it on DVD. The orchestra are all young players, and really seem to be enjoying themselves. A wonderful performance by them.
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on 18 May 2014
Excellent perforformance and camera work. I saw a comment recentlt that There is Claasical Music and then there is Beethoven, should be updated to There is Classical music and Barenboim & Beethoven.

A worthy successor to Bruno Walter.
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on 10 March 2014
Bahrenbohm's interpretation is exactring and close to what the composer asked for.
The recording is well balanced and shows how Beethoven used different orchestral colour as he developed his symphonic ideas.
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on 22 February 2016
Utterly enthralling from the first bar to the last and a refreshing new insight to Beethoven's wonderful symphonies.
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on 28 December 2014
I do enjoy seeing the orchestra while listening to an excellent recording. This fits the bill perfectly.
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on 22 January 2015
Very good value, nice interpretation, good delivery. A good trader.
Noel Maw
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