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Tennstedt - Portrait Of A Legend; Great Performers of the Twentieth Century Box set

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Disc: 1

  1. Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (1985)

Disc: 2

  1. Smetana - The Bartered Bride Overture (1991)
  2. Dvorak Symphony No. 8 (1991)
  3. Janacek Sinfonietta (1991)

Disc: 3

  1. Beethoven Symphony No.7 (1989)
  2. Brahm Symphony No.3 (1983)

Disc: 4

  1. Weber Oberon Overture (1984)
  2. Schubert Symphony No. 9 (1984)
  3. Brahms Tragic Overture (1983)

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BBC 5001 (4 cd); BBC - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d987c60) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dc59d50) out of 5 stars ASTONISHING live performances of Tennstedt playing Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak warhorses 20 July 2015
By Mogulmeister - Published on Amazon.com
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What a SUPERB box set this is!! While being aware of Tennstedt's formidable reputation in certain circles, I really had not listened much to his music. In fact, prior to 2015, the only Tennstedt I owned/heard was his EMI studio recordings of Beethoven's 6th and 8th symphonies. They were quite good performances for sure (even if the 6th at times seemed too tense), but they were not distinctive. But I was also aware that Tennstedt had the reputation of someone whose real legacy was in his live performances, not studio recordings. With that in mind, and after stumbling upon reviews of Tennstedt's live performance of Bruckner 8 with the Berlin Philharmonic on Testament, I decided to take the pricey plunge on the Testament and see what some well-recommended live Tennstedt sounded like. I certainly was not prepared for the incredibly INTENSITY of that performance. OMG!! Just when I thought it was unlikely I would be blown away by yet another performance of Bruckner's 8th (I'm almost embarrassed to admit how many recordings of that symphony I own), I "discovered" a new reading that was formidable, which brought something new to this great symphony I had never heard in another performance.

My appetite was whetted.

So when I looked online for more live Tennstedt, I soon came across this, and given its relatively inexpensive price, I put it in my Amazon cart and bought it.

Today I listened to the last of the four discs. My conclusion: Wow, wow, wow!! I don't need more recordings of Beethoven's 7th, Brahms' 3rd, Beethoven's 9th, Dvorak's 8th, Brahms' Tragic Overture, and Schubert's 9th. But even with that, I can't tell you how fortunate I feel to have been able to add these vital, life-affirming performances to my vast CD collection. This one is a no-brainer.

The thread that underlines all of these performances (and the Bruckner) is their incredible *intensity* and total involvement. These pieces are played as if there is nothing more important to the conductor and the musicians. The commitment is palpable and the results are astonishing. These are incredibly alive performances that have you on the edge of your seat. NOW I get why Tennstedt got such raves in certain quarters. Based on these live recordings, he deserves every single one.

The only work in this set that I didn't know was Janacek's Sinfonietta. I very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to hearing it again. Every single other performance listed above is SUPERB. That's not gratuitous praise, they are all riveting performances.

This box set is an absolute steal and if you've never heard Tennstedt live, or wonder why there was so much fuss about him, this is an inexpensive and mandatory starting point. This is an extremely welcome addition to my CD collection.

With regards to the performances, the only negative comment I will make is that I did not much care for the soloists in Beethoven's 9th. There's some pretty unattractive singing at times amongst the four, and the worst offender is the bass. But as weak as the soloists collectively are, miraculously they did not take away from the overall performance because it was so good. I kind of tuned them out in a way (which may seem crazy), and just enjoyed the conception of the work and let it take me to its wonderful conclusion.

Here are the contents of the box set:

CD1: Beethoven, Symphony #9

CD2: Smetana, Overture to The Bartered Bride
Dvorak, Symphony #8
Janacek, Sinfonietta

CD3: Beethoven, Symphony #7
Brahms, Symphony #3

CD4: Weber, Overture to Oberon
Schubert, Symphony #9
Brahms, Tragic Overture
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d8efb94) out of 5 stars Great recordings now at a bargain price 2 Jan. 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone who is fortunate enough has already discovered the posthumous legacy of live recordings from Klaus Tennstedt. Erratic in both temperament and health, Tennstedt was capable nonetheless of delivering performances that rise to the level of Klemperer and Furtwangler, two conductors to whom he was related musically. But Tennstedt had his own quality of impetuosity that makes his musicmaking thrilling. All of these previously released BBC recordings show him off at his best, and now they can be had in a bargain box, all the cheaper at Amazon Marketplace. I have also reviewed them individually with unreserve enthusiasm.
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