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  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Box set
  • Label: Lso Live
  • ASIN: B000GUJYRE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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The release of Bernard Haitink's new cycle of the Beethoven symphonies has been one of the most talked about classical events of 2006. Over recent years many people had questioned whether another complete set of Beethoven's symphonies would ever be recorded. But Haitink's revelatory recordings have demonstrated why fresh new interpretations of the Beethoven's music are so important and why the composer's music is still so relevent today.

Review

'simply masterful Beethoven ... Even if you already have umpteen other recordings of these works, you really owe it to yourself to hear this new set. It's a deeply satisfying musical experience' -- Chicago Tribune (US), 13 October 2006

'without being quirky Haitink presents it in a way that feels utterly fresh - the results are exhilarating'
Performance***** Sound ***** -- BBC Music Magazine(UK), November 2006

'Here are top-notch players palpably excited to be re-exploring these touchstone scores with a towering conductor.'
Records of the Year. -- New York Times (US), 8 December 2006.

'a complete confidence exists between the LSO, in magnificent form, and it's conductor. This disc is the triumphant climax to the series'
Performance ***** Sound *****
Disc of the Month. -- BBC Music Magazine (UK), January 2007.

Grammy Award nominated -
Best Classical Album -- 49th Annual Grammy Awards

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By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2008
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Beethoven's complete symphony cycles increase steadily through the years, from the early 1940's Furtwangler mono recordings, to the much cherished 1960's Karajan analogue stereo vinyl pressings, and now the digital versions on CD.

What's best is a matter of choice depending on whether the importance lies in authenticity in terms of both period instruments and accuracy of playing to the accepted `correct' score (currently the Barenreiter/Jonathan Del Mar versions), or maybe just sheer excitement in listening experience is of priority.

This set of recordings by the London Symphony Orchestra on their own LSO Live label has combined digital recording methods with a `Live' venue (London's Barbican) to produce an absolutely stunning version of the complete Beethoven symphonies.

In my view this set finds its way to the top of the ever-increasing pile for several reasons. The recordings are of a stunningly clear quality - even better if played on a SACD player - the performances are dramatic and enthusiastic but never succumbing to over-interpretation by the conductor. Bernard Haitink does the job to perfection. All the recordings were made between 2005 and 2006, each symphony recorded over two consecutive days, and although the sleeve notes state the performances are `live' there is absolutely no sign of audience noise so presumably there was none.

The highlights of this set are many, but for me the dramatic 4th movement of the 5th symphony and the entire 9th symphony are Beethoven played to perfection.

The CDs are presented in card sleeves in a compact box containing a 64 page booklet (English, French & German) with symphony notes, soloist biographies and photos, and a complete list of names of all the LSO players and London Symphony Chorus singers.

An essential addition to any Beethoven collection.
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By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2011
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Having realised their magnificence I've been obliged to delete my first, slightly sceptical review of the contents of this box. One moral is; don't write a review of something until you've heard it on decent equipment under optimal conditions. But the more fundamental reason for my initial difficulties was that Haitink's exhaustive micro-management of every dynamic detail of these works turns them into something quite unlike any kind of Beethoven I had been acquainted with before. Nothing was quite where or when I had learned to expect it to be. The combination of superb recording and consummate playing gives us performances of remarkable instrumental separation. But add to this Haitink's dynamic control, and a new vision of the full dimensionality of the mechanism by which all the instrumental parts are united springs into relief. Each of the symphonies is revealed to be an exotic new planet which Haitink allows us to set foot and walk upon. It's hard even to conceive of these as being of their period. They could have been written yesterday for all that we can tell. Something I'm sure Ludwig would have been most gratified to witness. Given such a kaleidoscopic depth of detail the usual assessments as to which are the major, and which the minor symphonies are shredded. In this set, there are no minor Beethoven symphonies. For instance, I've always had a soft-spot for the eighth, and an intuition that with the right approach it could be turned into something far more substantial than one typically hears. Haitink obliges with a performance that ranges between alien beauty and a writhing beast. Consequently I've had its strains locked in my head for the past few days now, and I'm in no hurry for them to depart. Similar things could be said for the other works.Read more ›
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This is an absolute bargain for the quality and scope of what you are getting.

Sonically the multi-channel recordings are consistently outstanding - allowing the music to breathe new air. The interpretation by Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra is a revelation, at times driven and forward moving, at other times laconic and reflective - revealing layers in the music that are not apparent in the more 'famous' recordings to date. Once you have heard this set you will understand much more clearly why Beethoven was seen by his contemporaries to be smashing apart the symphonic form in length, scope, theme and complexity.

Wherever you look on this set there are musical rewards to be found. As if that wasn't enough you also have the Leonore Overture (No. 2) and the Triple Concerto.

I could go on, but you don't have all week to read reviews. Simply a 'must have' for any modern classical music lover (in my humble opinion).
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I have lived with Beethoven for many many years. These symphonies I know especially well. I cherish several of the Böhm, Karajan, Kleiber (both father and son) but also Brüggen recordings. Then this set appeared, on SACD and in modern recordings, by a director who has long been a favourite of mine in e.g. Bruckner, but also as accompanist of many great soloists over decades.

I won't repeat all what was already said by others. I too had instant hits like his rendering of the 3rd and 9th symphonies - simply superb. In other symphonies, and especially in the 6th which is very close to my heart, I felt more detached while listening. What's going on here, I was wondering. Before I tell you so, and for a reason, I will remark that I had no problems with the recording quality - which on my fairly expensive set-up is simply very good.

I decided that Haitink has deserved the respect that we give him some time. And now, listening to the 6th for the 3rd or 4th time, it is really starting to make sense to me. This is not the Beethoven of a man who wants to prove his point. Nor the Beethoven of a director who wants to be heard to look like one of the pictures of Beethoven. Instead, Haitink is simply himself - while paying great respect to Beethoven's markings. And, I dare say, also to Beethoven's ideas. This is the Beethoven of a mature conductor and great musician who is beyond the need to prove his point.

Highly recommended.
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