- Performer: Luba Orgonasova, Anne Sofie von Otter, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Gilles Cachemaille, The Monteverdi Choir
- Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
- Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
- Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
- Audio CD (September 20, 1994)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 6
- Format: Box set
- Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
- Label: Archiv Produktion
- ASIN: B0000057EO
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies Box set
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The Third simply rocks. It's as if Gardiner re-interpreted the young Beethoven as the enfant terrible his contemporaries took him for. The fifth, particularly in the transition from the third to fourth movements, conrtains everything anyone needs to know about music.
Gardiner finds awe in thr Pastoral, mischievous humour in the seventh. And the ninth, shorn of a century of German romantic bombast, sounds like the revolutionary anthem Beethoven likely intended.
The problem with Beethoven symphonies, though, is that you have to listen to several interpretations to really appreciate the transcendent Genius of Beethoven.
Get this one. Byut get Furtwangler's and Karajan's first set as well.
Throughout this cycle, Sir John brings out the "bloodthirsty beauty" of Beethoven's symphonies, keeping us on the edge with the well-articulated and heartfelt interpretations of the major symphonies. Yet there is still Mozartian-like charm in the early symphonies, especially the First and Second. In the longer symphonies Sir John's classical approach still allows us to feel Beethoven's emotions, and the nuances of the music are keenly and cleanly fleshed out. You can feel the Olympian power of the Eroica in a relentless and fierry performance, and the relentless drive of the Fifth that can well resonate with human conditions. The rhythmically-driven renditions of the 7th and 8th bring out the bucolic charm and character of the piece. The brisk speeds of the Pastoral don't sound rushed, but still allow for a warmly affable, cheerful and open-hearted reading that sounds welcoming of the open countryside that so influenced this music, aided by keen and detailed woodwind playing.Read more ›
Beethoven was alive during the times of the French Revolution and Napoleon and was an ardent republican in Austria under the Hapsburg court. Many of his symphonies incorporate his ideals of revolutionary change. A disproportionate majority of the performances for these symphonies, particularly older conductors, completely misinterpret Beethoven's intention. A perfect example of this is in the march for the last movement of the 9th Symphony. If you listen to any of Karajan's, Solti's, or even Bernstein's interpretation it sounds like a damn funeral procession. The march in the piece is a revolutionary military march that is meant to proceed at a fast pace. In terms of military marches, the other interpretations are too slow even for a funeral. The only thing that keeps me from falling asleep when listening to them is the volume which is overbearing: I can barely recognize a single section in that Mahleresque cacophony. It's just symphonic overkill for these pieces. So loud Beethoven would have probably said 'Turn it down it's too loud!' in his deaf old age. Gardiner's symphony could use a little more volume but the traditional instruments don't permit that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Buy it. Buy it. Buy it. Buy it. Just buy it. JEG is clearly a genius and the musicians are masters. The most perfect recording of Beethoven's symphonies I have ever heard. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Hunt
The use of period instruments gives this collection of Beethoven symphonies a clarity and forcefulness that is missing from any other edition I have ever heard. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Walker Blue
These performances of the Beethoven symphonies with John Elliot Gardiner leading his Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique were originally produced by DG in 1994. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joseph Kline PhD, MD
I'm an enthusiastic fan of Gardiner's interpretations - I generally quite enjoy his brisk, lively pacing and clarity of expression. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Barnaby Thieme
Beethoven was actually pretty much completely deaf when his late period music was composed, so this quip is not entirely true. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Joanna D.
Now nine Thomas the Tank Engines embarked on an adventure. Back at the signals office, their boss was the Spry Controller. He was a man who kept his feelings to himself. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
There is and can be no "reference version" of Beethoven's symphonies. A range of interpretive approaches is possible, rather narrow in fact but made seemingly broad by our... Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by KenOC
I've owned this box set for 16 years, and have never regretted the purchase. Yes, there are other individual recordings I do prefer over the recordings on this album, but as a... Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by J. Harig