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Beethoven Collection 1-5: Symphonies 1-9 Box set


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  • Performer: Sandor Solyom-Nagy, Eva Andor, Gyorgy Korondy
  • Orchestra: Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Janos Ferencsik
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • 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: Delta
  • ASIN: B000001VVY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 5 Op. 67 C Minor: Allegro con brio
2. Symphony No. 5 Op. 67 C Minor: Andante con motto
3. Symphony No. 5 Op. 67 C Minor: Scherzo - Allegro
4. Symphony No. 5 Op. 67 C Minor: Finale - Allegro
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Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 E Flat Major, 'Eroica': Allegro con brio
2. Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 E Flat Major, 'Eroica': Marcia funebre. Adagio assai
3. Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 E Flat Major, 'Eroica': Scherzo-Allegro vivace
4. Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 E Flat Major, 'Eroica': Finale-Allegro molto
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Disc: 3
1. Symphony No. 6 Op. 68 F Major: Allegro ma non troppo
2. Symphony No. 6 Op. 68 F Major: Andante molto mosso
3. Symphony No. 6 Op. 68 F Major: Allegro
4. Symphony No. 6 Op. 68 F Major: Allegro
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Disc: 4
1. Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 A Major: Poco sostenuto - vivace
2. Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 A Major: Allegretto
3. Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 A Major: Presto - Assai meno presto
4. Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 A Major: Allegro con brio
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Disc: 5
1. Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 In D Minor: Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso - Beethoven
2. Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 In D Minor: Molto vivace - Beethoven
3. Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 In D Minor: Adagio molto e cantabile - Beethoven
4. Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 In D Minor: Presto - Allegro assai - Beethoven

Editorial Reviews

Beethoven Collection Symphonies Nos. 1 - 9 / Complete Recording / 1990 LaserLight Release

Customer Reviews

The quality is excellent and the performance is superb.
Moe Priell
This is a great set, affordable and a good introduction to Beethoven.
Rachel Garret
Since then, I am listening to a lot more classical music.
Farnoosh Brock

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118 of 124 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Ross on January 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Janos Ferencsik was of the `old school' of conductors. A craftsman rather than a showman. Sadly we shall never see their like again!
These are thoroughly balanced and lovingly conceived performances. They reveal great strength of character, healthy self-control and mature insight. Ferencsik evidently had experienced much, with emotional and spiritual roots that went deep. Consequently he had no need to resort to surface, superficial excitement to compensate for lack of insight. Ferencsik reveals the mature insight that comes only from a life-long contemplation of scores that the conductor knew as well as he knew the date of his own birthday.
His freedom from egotistical self-indulgence may at first give the impression that Ferencsik's performances will be ordinary and unimaginative. Stay a little longer! The whole cycle has remarkable consistency and these are performances that promise to provide continuing satisfaction long after the latest products of the promoters' art are forgotten.
Ferencsik's interpretations of Beethoven are remarkably free from what Harnoncourt calls the `agitative' qualities of this music. Not for him the sort of `off-the-peg' megalomaniac `heroism' of (too) much Beethoven conducting. Instead Ferencsik draws our attention to the profoundly stable, grounded, settled qualities of the music. To be sure music full of energy and dynamism; but using that energy to strengthen and under-gird a deep humanity and profound, peaceful beauty - as Emily Dickinson said, `Past what Ourself can estimate'. Not surprisingly then the 6th `Pastoral' symphony is given a wonderfully glorious performance. And so too is the elusive, enigmatic slow movement of the 9th. This is a remarkable gem, an exceptional success; wholly coherent, glowing with a lyrical, reposeful splendour.
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. on February 19, 2005
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Received my set from Amazon recently and it arrived in excellent condition. Since then, I have moved on to 2 other Beethoven Symphonies sets by other conductors because I discovered that I really liked the symphonies.

If you have even the slightest suspicion that you might enjoy the symphonies, it is best to bypass this and invest in much better sets instead, like the critically acclaimed 'Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies' by David Zinman (ASIN: B00000IFP6) or the 1963 set 'Beethoven: 9 Symphonien' by Herbert von Karajan (ASIN: B000001GBQ) or even both, like I did.

The Zinman edition is newer (1998) and the first to be recorded using the critical Barenreiter edition, whereas the 1963 Karajan edition has been widely acknowledged as one of the very best edition of the Symphonies ever produced until today. These 2 sets sound sufficiently different from each other to warrant owning both, and either is far, far superior in terms of soundstaging, warmth and lushness compared to this budget version, which appeared clinically dry.

Nevertheless, this set still represents excellent value for money, and is perfectly suitable for the beginner who is unsure whether he/she will appreciate the 9 Symphonies.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By W. Hill on January 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It may seem hard to believe that you can get a good set of Beethoven's symphonies at this price, but you really can! I own many different versions of these works, and while this set doesn't quite hit the heights of Bernstein, Bohm or Karajan, for a fraction of the price this is a very fine introduction to the symphonies. Five stars, then, for an unexpectedly good value. Excellent digital recordings, and while Janos Ferencsik may not be a household name, he definitely has a firm understanding of how these works are structured, and the orchestra is surprisingly good. There is no whiff of period performance or updated texts here, as in many recent recordings -- these are solid performances, very well-played in the traditional manner.
Highly recommended for those on a very tight budget who are exploring Beethoven for the first time, or who want a cheap second opinion. It must be said, however, that while this is an easy recommendation at such a low price (it's so cheap it's practically shoplifting), for a little more money there are many higher quality sets available.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By DJ Rix on September 25, 2001
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Let's see. The John Eliot Gardner "period" cycle goes for about sixty bucks, this one for sixteen. I love John Eliot Gardner's Missa Solemnis, & I enjoyed the couple of his Beethoven symphonies I've caught on the radio. So why is it that I have Giulini's 7th, Klemperer's old school booming 4th, Szell's crisp 5th, a treasured complete set on Deutsche Grammophon vinyl by Karl Bohm given to me as birthday gift years ago? What attracted me to the ancient Seraphin Cluytens/Berlin Philharmonic 9th? Probably because I detest "the latest is the greatest because it's the latest" standards of musical purity & enjoy the concepts & idiosyncrasies of conductors from different recording eras & cultures. Good heavens, this music is 200 years old!! It stopped sounding the way Beethoven wanted it to sound the first time the old man stepped up to the podium & couldn't hear the band.
I was familiar with good reputations of Ferencsik & the Hungarian Philharmonic in the Eastern European & Russian musical marketplace, particularly with Eastern European music - some of it available here at ridiculously low prices, & almost totally ignored. True, Ferencsik conducts in the Toscanini "It's my ballgame 'cause I brought the ball" tradition. But these are more than servicable, well-recorded interpretations for newcomers want to become familiar with all nine, then move up to more individualist performances of the symphonies that most attract them. It's also an excellent addition to one's portable CD player library. Today, I left the house at the beginning of the 3th, went to the supermarket, & arrived home just as the 8th was ending - all on one CD.
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