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Beethoven: Nine Symphonies Extra tracks, Hybrid SACD, Box set

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  • Audio CD (3 Nov. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Extra tracks, Hybrid SACD, Box set
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B0000C03AH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  2. 2. Andante cantabile con moto - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  3. 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace) - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  4. 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace) - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  5. 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  6. 2. Larghetto - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  7. 3. Scherzo (Allegro) - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  8. 4. Allegro molto - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  9. 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  10. 2. Andante cantabile con moto - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  11. 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace) - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  12. 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace) - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  13. 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  14. 2. Larghetto - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  15. 3. Scherzo (Allegro) - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  16. 4. Allegro molto - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker

Disc: 2

  1. 1. Allegro con brio - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  2. 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai) - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  3. 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  4. 4. Finale (Allegro molto) - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  5. 1. Adagio - Allegro vivace - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  6. 2. Adagio - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  7. 3. Allegro vivace - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  8. 4. Allegro ma non troppo - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  9. 1. Allegro con brio - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  10. 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai) - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  11. 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  12. 4. Finale (Allegro molto) - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  13. 1. Adagio - Allegro vivace - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  14. 2. Adagio - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  15. 3. Allegro vivace - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  16. 4. Allegro ma non troppo - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker

Disc: 3

  1. 1. Allegro con brio - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  2. 2. Andante con moto - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  3. 3. Allegro - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  4. 4. Allegro - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  5. 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  6. 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso) - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  7. 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro) - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  8. 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro) - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  9. 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  10. 1. Allegro con brio - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  11. 2. Andante con moto - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  12. 3. Allegro - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  13. 4. Allegro - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  14. 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  15. 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso) - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  16. 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro) - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  17. 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro) - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  18. 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker

Disc: 4

  1. 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  2. 2. Allegretto - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  3. 3. Presto - Assai meno presto - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  4. 4. Allegro con brio - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  5. 1. Allegro vivace e con brio - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  6. 2. Allegretto scherzando - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  7. 3. Tempo di menuetto - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  8. 4. Allegro vivace - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  9. 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  10. 2. Allegretto - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  11. 3. Presto - Assai meno presto - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  12. 4. Allegro con brio - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  13. 1. Allegro vivace e con brio - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  14. 2. Allegretto scherzando - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  15. 3. Tempo di menuetto - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  16. 4. Allegro vivace - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker

Disc: 5

  1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  2. 2. Molto vivace - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  3. 3. Adagio molto e cantabile - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  4. Presto - - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  5. Presto- "O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!" -Allegro assai - Gundula Janowitz, Hilde Rössel Majdan, Waldemar Kmentt, Walter Berry, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Singverein, Reinhold Schmid
  6. 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  7. 2. Molto vivace - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  8. 3. Adagio molto e cantabile - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  9. 4. Presto - - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  10. 4. Presto - "O Freunde nicht diese Töne" - - Gundula Janowitz, Hilde Rössel Majdan, Waldemar Kmentt, Walter Berry, Wiener Singverein, Reinhold Schmid, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Disc: 6

  1. Reheasal of 1st movement - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  2. Rehearsal of 3rd Movement (Starting at "So, komm...." - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  3. Rehearsal of 4th movement - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Singverein, Reinhold Schmidt
  4. Reheasal of 1st movement - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  5. Rehearsal of 3rd Movement (Starting at "So, komm...." - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  6. Rehearsal of 4th movement - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Singverein, Reinhold Schmidt

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I have always liked Karajans Bethoven especially the 1977 cycle which I have had had in my CD collation for as long as I can remember. These recordings from the 60s have always been well thought of by others, but I havent listened to them much over the years. That is untill I bought the SACD version. They sound absolutlely stunning, and the electricity of the sessions comes across vividly as it never did on CD. I even prefer the Karajan version of the 5th to the Klieber which is also avaialble on SACD.
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I've never fully heard these recordings in any previous incarnation, so can't comment on improvements in the CD layer (of the 3 CD issues, the middle one, in DG's Beethoven Edition is the only one with Original Image Bit-Processing).
I am not really a 'Kara-fan', certainly not in Beethoven although I do enjoy his digital Leonore III Overture - I feel Karajan is at his finest in Sibelius and Richard Strauss, particularly his 1960s DG recordings.
For this set I started with the Eroica and did compare the SACD (stereo only of course) with the first CD incarnation of the cycle (in the maroon box). The old CD sounded fine with a full rich bass, but there is a definite gain in clarity and detail with the SACD layer. Slightly less bass perhaps, but this sound is more vivid and realistic, and sounds phenomenal considering its 40+ year age.
As an interpretation this Eroica gains in distinction as it progresses: the lack of the exposition repeat in the first movement is a snag, but after an intense Funeral March the last two movement are very compelling with wonderful hunting horns in the Scherzo. In fact the playing throughout is pretty stellar. This one ranks alongside Kleiber, Scherchen, Klemperer and Rattle - as well as my own favourite, Abbado's VPO recording on DG.
I found the SACD of the first 2 symphonies to have very slightly inferior sound and the orchestral sound is slightly more robust in scale than we are used to on modern recordings (but never bloated or overblown), and Karajan's interpretation of the First Symphony is not as compelling as the others - the performance is fairly genial, and the finale is relaxed, without the crispness and hint of tension that, say, Wand or Rattle bring to it in their fine recordings.
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Karajan was at his peak.
German analogue recording technology was superb.
The BPO was arguably the best orchestra on the planet.
For me this is the finest Karajan recording of Beethoven's 9 symphonies.
I've still got the original German vinyl pressings.
This SACD set is a fine remastering of the cycle and even without a SACD player this product is truely superb - as good as the vinyl originals.
Ben Haagsma
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I own this set, his 1950s cycle with EMI, his 1975-77 cycle on DG and his last 1980s digital cycle, again on DG.

For me, this one is just about preferable to them all. It has an urgency and something very exciting that can't be put into words. It's something to do with the world's best orchestra of the time working with an up-and-coming 'wunder' maestro, playing the greatest symphonic canon of them all.

The SACDs are a huge improvement on the earlier issues.
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