Beethoven - Complete Edition (85CD + CD ROM) Box set
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The only complete Beethoven Edition in the market. This set contains some important alterations compared to the former Edition: Symphonies are played by the superb Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt and Piano Sonatas by Alfred Brendel. Big names: Arthur Grumiaux/Clara Haskil, Friedrich Gulda, Guarneri Quartet, Concertgebouw Orchestra/Haitink, Wiener Philharmoniker, Heinrich Schiff and many more. This set also contains a CD-ROM with bookletnotes, sung texts and biography in English, Italian and Spanish. Award winning set: Diapason dOr in France.
Top Customer Reviews
What then of the music that is so well known? Does this edition do justice to the works that display Beethoven's unique and all embracing genius? It most certainly does. There is Herbert Blomstedt's superb set of the symphonies with the Staatskappele, Dresden. Then there is Stanislaw Skrowaczewski's recordings of most of the overtures with the Minnesota Orchestra - absolutely magnificent. Alfred Brendel's first set of the piano sonatas may not have all the insights that he was later to reveal in his distinguished career, but they are still well worth hearing. The performances by Arthur Grumiaux and Clara Haskill of the violin sonatas are surely as good as any in the catalogue and soon make you overlook that the recordings from the mid-fifties are not of the quality that we expect today.Read more ›
Let me address the major groupings in the set, and try to rate them in a way that make sense - one rating for performance and the other for sound quality.
Symphonies and Piano Concertos. Performance: 4 stars, Sound: 4 stars. Herbert Blomstedt and the Staatskapelle Dresden performing the symphonies. While not Solti, Walter, or Karajan, I am glad to have added these recordings to my collection. Tempos are a little slow, and the equalization is a touch dark - partially due to recording location. However the performances are clear, stereo separation is remarkable. Gulda on piano with Stein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic on most of the piano concertos is a real find. I had never even heard of pianist or conductor before purchasing this set, but these are as fine a performance of these works as anything in my collection. But the hidden treasure in this part of the collection is Stanislav Skrowaczevski conducting the Minnesota Orchestra on overtures and orchestral showpieces. Clear recordings and fantastic performances. I own his Bruckner recordings, and he is one of the most under-rated conductors of the modern era.
The Chamber Music. Performance 4 stars. Sound: 5 stars.Read more ›
I decided that there are some things that I really have to complain about, despite this being a good deal.
1. The tracks are often "run together" with absolutely no break being provided between them. Thus, as soon as one movement ends we often hear a new movement or even a new work (of entirely different character) starting up with no pause whatsoever!
2. Whoever wrote up the information on the disc sleeves apparently knew nearly nothing about classical music. The information about the timings isn't 100% reliable, it is common that fast movements with an introduction will be marked only with the tempo of that introduction (andante, adagio) instead of including the predominant tempo (allegro, presto, vivace), and the completeness of the set is difficult to verify due to the different numberings used in the Hess and the WoO listings.
3. Indexing is inferior - there's a general overview of the type of content on each disc, for a quick reference, but if one is looking for a specific work, it helps to speak German, and even then it's really hard to predect how they've classified things in the alphabetical German index. I went looking for a particular set of Lieder (Op. 48) and eventually found them listed under "Bitten" - how would I have known??Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone considering buying this edition will surely be familiar with most of the music anyway and will know what they're in for so I don't think this is an appropriate place to... Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2013 by Murray
Brilliant series, love the quality of the recordings i have listened to so far. . Still not heard them all. fast servicePublished on 22 Feb. 2013 by michael
I am staggered at the quality of the playing and recordings that Brillant have put together.This is an absolute bargain. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by Mr. David A. Norris