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Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies and Piano Concertos Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (9 Oct. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00004YA0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I. Allegro con brio
  2. II. Andante con moto
  3. III. Allegro
  4. IV. Allegro
  5. I. Allegro ma non troppo (Awakening of cheerful feelings on arriving in the country)
  6. II. Andante molto mosso (Scene by the brook)
  7. III. Allegro (Merry gathering of country folk)
  8. IV. Allegro (Thunderstorm)
  9. V. Allegretto (Shepherds' Song. Happy & thankful feelings after the Storm)

Disc: 2

  1. I. Allegro con brio
  2. II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
  3. III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio
  4. IV. Finale (Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto)
  5. Große Fuge in B flat Op. 133 (1998 Digital Remaster)

Disc: 3

  1. I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
  2. II. Larghetto
  3. III. Scherzo (Allegro)
  4. IV. Allegro molto
  5. I. Allegro con brio
  6. II. Andante con moto - Più mosso - Tempo I
  7. III. Allegro
  8. IV. Allegro - Presto

Disc: 4

  1. I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
  2. II. Adagio
  3. III. Allegro vivace - Trio (Un poco meno allegro) - Tempo I
  4. IV. Allegro ma non troppo
  5. I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
  6. II. Allegretto
  7. III. Presto - Assai meno presto
  8. IV. Allegro con brio

Disc: 5

  1. I. Allegro vivace e con brio
  2. Il. Allegretto scherzando
  3. III. Tempo di menuetto
  4. IV. Allegro vivace
  5. Leonore Overture No. 1 Op. 138 (1998 Digital Remaster)
  6. Leonore Overture No. 2 Op. 72a (1998 Digital Remaster)
  7. Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72a (1998 Digital Remaster)
  8. Coriolan Op. 62 (1998 Digital Remaster)

Disc: 6

  1. I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
  2. II. Molto vivace - Presto - Molto vivace - Presto
  3. III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
  4. IV. Presto
  5. Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus Overture Op. 43 (1998 Digital Remaster)

Disc: 7

  1. I. Allegro con brio
  2. II. Largo
  3. III. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
  4. I. Allegro con brio
  5. II. Adagio
  6. III. Rondo (molto allegro)

Disc: 8

  1. I. Allegro con brio
  2. II. Largo
  3. III. Rondo (Allegro - Presto)
  4. I. Allegro moderato
  5. II. Andante con moto
  6. III. Rondo (Vivace)

Disc: 9

  1. Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Orchestra & Chorus Op.80 (2000 Digital Remaster)
  2. I. Allegro
  3. II. Adagio un poco mosso
  4. III. Rondo (Allegro)

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EMI have just released a further single disc in their Great Recordings of the Century series of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony (to add to the earlier releases of the justly famous mono versions of the Fifth and Seventh Symphonies and the Eroica)
This makes me wonder if they are at last going to make available for us , albeit on separate dics , what many record collectors and admirers of Otto Klemperer's genius in Beethoven have long realized - that the real Klemperer Cycle of the Nine Beethoven Symphonies consists of the performances in this set of the 1st , 2nd , 4th , 6th , 7th , 8th , and 9th Symphonies together with the earlier recordings of the 3rd and 5th . But surely you're not including that lumbering , leaden footed account of the 7th !! Ah , but that brings me to the reason I wanted to write a few words about this wonderful set.
Everyone else who has reviewed it has correctly referred to the problems of those later re-makes of 3 , 5 , and 7 without noticing that the performance of the 7th in this set is actually an experimental Stereo Recording of the 1955 seventh , not its lumbering re-make , and superb it sounds too ! EMI ran similar experimental Stereo sessions on their Karajan Rosenkavalier recording . Stereo is of course important in Klemperer's Beethoven given his correct antiphonal division of 1st and 2nd violins , and where better to hear them than in the Finale of Beethoven's 7th (Composers knew about Stereo before we did !!)
This set is an amazing bargain and its virtues and shortcomings are well known .
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Fashions come and go. From the latter years of the 20 Century the attempt to "recover" what Beethoven might have expected to hear through the use of copies of instruments in use at the time of composition and attention to (Czerny's?) metronome markings in the symphonic scores has has given us a current performing tradition of "lean and fast" Beethoven. This tradition is wonderfully well served on Sir Roger Norrington's complete set of the symphonies with the SWD Rundfunksorchest available on Hanssler (NOT the London Classical Players' set so temptingly cheap on Virgin!)and this would be my desert island set (it is easily available from Amazon though costs just over twice as much as the Klemperer discs. [Click on see all my reviews for my thoughts on this set.] Klemperer's approach is quite different and came from the desire to scrub away some of the overlaid emotionalism that he found in the interpretations of many of his contemporaries - Furtwangler's exciting and often visionary "recreations" of the scores are the very best examples of a type of interpretation that Klemperer was reacting against and it goes without saying that many conductors who aped Furtwangler had only a small amount of that great man's talent and genius...

So Klemperer was interested in allowing the musical structures to "speak for themselves" and would have said that his performances were based on his personal response to the interrelated tempi and key structures in the symphonies. Though they sound entirely different from each other, this was also Toscanini's agenda! So it is the "personal response", the thing that makes it, as Dr Otto once said, "...a real KLEMPERER performance..." that is really interesting in this set.
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By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2007
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The nine CDs in this set contain Ludwig van Beethoven's, and maybe classical music's, finest works. The nine symphonies are recordings from 1955, 1959 and 1963 performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of the late, near legendary, Otto Klemperer.

Don't be put off by the fact these recordings are more than 50 years old. Digitally remastered, and presented in a box set with extensive booklet, the quality is as outstanding as the performances are precise. Sometimes described as slow or unkindly labeled as plodding, I can only see these for what they are...performances which are measured, precise and immaculately polished.

Similarly, the piano concertos (all of Beethoven's five concertos are included) are amongst the best you will find. The pianist on these 1968 recordings is a young Daniel Barenboim, and the orchestra is the same as that of the symphonies, although now performing under the newly adopted title (from 1964) the `New Philharmonia Orchestra'.

Again, the original recordings have been remastered to produce sparkling results.

If that wasn't enough, the `Coriolan', `Prometheus' and 3 `Leonore Overtures' are included, along with the `Gross Fugue' and `Fantasia for piano, chorus and orchestra'.

My criticisms are the lack of information on each CD sleeve - you need to consult the 52 page (20 in English) booklet to see the full track listing - which is typical of the EMI Classics series, and to omit the `Egmont Overture' is inexcusable. But perhaps I'm just asking too much...

Essential listening.
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