Prime Music
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.10
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Box set


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Prime Music Album
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, Box set, November 21, 2011
"Please retry"
$71.49 $27.95

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Disc 1:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brioGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 2. Andante cantabile con motoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Prometheus Overture, Op.43Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brioGewandhausorchester Leipzig11:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 2. LarghettoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 9:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 4. Allegro moltoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Overture "Leonore No.3", Op.72bGewandhausorchester Leipzig12:27$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 1. Allegro con brioGewandhausorchester Leipzig15:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)Gewandhausorchester Leipzig12:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 4. Finale (Allegro molto)Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 9:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Fidelio op.72 - OvertureGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 1. Adagio - Allegro vivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig10:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 2. AdagioGewandhausorchester Leipzig 7:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 3. Allegro vivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 4. Allegro ma non troppoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Beethoven: Overture "Egmont" Opus 84Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 1. Poco sostenuto - VivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig13:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 2. AllegrettoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai meno prestoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro con brioGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: The Ruins of Athens, Op.113 - OvertureGewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93 - 1. Allegro vivace e con brioGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93 - 2. Allegretto scherzandoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93 - 3. Tempo di menuettoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93 - 4. Allegro vivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Beethoven: Overture "Coriolan", Op.62Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro con brioGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 2. Andante con motoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 3. AllegroGewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 4. AllegroGewandhausorchester Leipzig10:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppoGewandhausorchester Leipzig10:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)Gewandhausorchester Leipzig10:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: AllegrettoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:49$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Beethoven: Overture "Namensfeier", Op.115 - OvertureGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: "King Stephen or Hungary's First Benefactor", Op.117 - OvertureGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestosoGewandhausorchester Leipzig13:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 2. Molto vivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig14:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 3. Adagio molto e cantabileGewandhausorchester Leipzig12:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Presto - Allegro ma non troppoHanno Müller-Brachmann22:11$0.99  Buy MP3 

Amazon's Riccardo Chailly Store

Music

Image of album by Riccardo Chailly

Photos

Image of Riccardo Chailly

Videos

Brahms: The Symphonies

Biography

RICCARDO CHAILLY – BIOGRAPHY
“Since its founding more than 250 years ago . . . the Gewandhaus Orchestra has gone through 18 music directors, including Mendelssohn, and many changes. The new dyna-mism that this eminent orchestra displayed . . . is surely attributable to its 19th music director, the Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly. After Tuesday night’s concert ended with ... Read more in Amazon's Riccardo Chailly Store

Visit Amazon's Riccardo Chailly Store
for 98 albums, 14 photos, 8 videos, discussions, and more.

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (November 21, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • 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: Decca Records
  • ASIN: B005CYLSW8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This complete cycle of Beethoven's nine Symphonies is a landmark event for Decca, for Maestro Chailly, and for the Gewandhaus Orchestra, where he has been Kapellmeister since 2005. The cycle showcases the finesse and musicality of the legendary Gewandhaus Orchestra - from the Haydnesque elegance of the first two symphonies, to the grandeur and drama of the choral Ninth Symphony

From the Artist

These acclaimed performances were recorded live in the Gewandhaus over the last three years, in preparation for the highly-anticipated complete cycles that Maestro Chailly and the orchestra will give in several major European cities in October and November 2011 - performances which will provide the platform for launching these important new recordings

This set of the nine Symphonies will also include selected Beethoven Overtures

Customer Reviews

With that sole reservation, this set is well worth exploring.
Prescott Cunningham Moore
Well balanced, minutely weight, firmly articulated by the conductor's authoritative vision, the result seems simply marvelous in musical terms.
P. Adrian
And, to be fair, I've been underwhelmed by Chailly in the past (his Mahler is VERY hit-and-miss).
DAVID A. FLETCHER

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Prescott Cunningham Moore on December 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It is rare these days for the major labels to invest in projects of this magnitude, a Beethoven cycle from the most important conductor active today and one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Everything about this release had an air of importance about it and it nice to see that there can still be excitement (whether genuine or manufactured) for yet another Beethoven cycle. But the question at the end of day is whether the cycle is a success. And the answer to that is, of course, yes and no.

There is no question that Chailly is a brilliant musician and that his band is a spectacular ensemble. There are too many fine ensemble moments to catalogue individually, but the sparkling allegretto from the Eighth, the ferocious trio from the Fifth's scherzo, or the entirety of the Pastorale bespeak just how magnificent this ensemble really is. The strings rich and plush, the winds idiomatic, and the brass, horns especially, offering biting commentary on these tried and true war horses. Tutti passages never sound routine as Chailly unearths a kalidscope of colors from his players, such as in the andante from the first or the magnificent Konig Stephan overture.

What is most thrilling about this set, however, is that Chailly has a lot to say about this music, nearly all of it good. Chailly's intelligence is evident in the amalgam of styles on display here. Clearly, any cycle from the Gewandhaus must pay homage to its place in the history of the German tradition, and in that sense, Chailly's big string section and dramatic flair are in keeping with the interpretations from Karajan, Wand, and Blomstedt.
Read more ›
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By DAVID A. FLETCHER on December 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'll amend this review later with more blow-by-blow detail. Suffice it to say now, though, that this new Beethoven cycle from Chailly and the GOL will firmly be in the top tier for many serious listeners and collectors, as well as the novice who may have a few of the symphonies by various performers, but not yet a complete set/cycle.

Amongst many followers of musicological fashion, the de rigeur of the new Del Mar/Baerenreiter urtext has dominated discussion of current Beethoven performance practice, so it's worth noting that Chailly has used the "old" Peters Edition, but with an exactitude that has eluded--usually by design--several generations of conductors. Performing traditions have added layer upon layer of editorial gloss--"Karajan always drew out this figure," "Furtwangler started this accelerando two beats before the mark," that sort of thing--and indeed, Chailly's game was to seek out and examine the mark-ups by several of his musical mentors, weigh the evidence....and then land squarely on the side of Beethoven's "original" text (specifically the Peters edit thereof).

Brave words from a reviewer, and an even braver stand for a conductor--a rather facile postion that seldom survives scrutiny. Nevertheless, this is precisely what Chailly has done over the term of this multi-year studio cycle (no live relay patches here....hooray!). Many was the time that I went running to my miniature scores to see if what I'd heard was there--it's that startling at times--but rarely did Chailly come up short vs. the dynamic markings or the repeats (pretty much ALL of them). More importantly, though, was his attention to Beethoven's "controversial" crochet indications: startling tempos to match the eyebrow-raising dynamics.
Read more ›
11 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Buxton on December 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This new cycle by Chailly and the Gewandhaus has a lot going for it. Chailly has clearly thought much about these interpretations, and perhaps that is the most important thing to know about these recordings: They are one interpretation. I enjoy the fresh, dynamic performances, and the sound is outstanding. In my personal view, these are among the finest recordings available of the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 9th symphonies. These particular symphonies in this cycle rise to the level of greatness.

Still, there is something missing in some of these readings...Chailly certainly has a point to make, but perhaps at the expense of emotion and feeling. His close adherence to original tempi markings does not always lead to great results. The 3rd symphony is the prime example here, where the Finale is simply pushed too hard and fast. This leads to some blurring of detail, and some lack of warmth and mystery. Compare to the Szell/Cleveland 3rd, and one will see how this can be done without pushing too hard. Another example is the 8th, where some of the notes are so clipped so fast as to render the passage unrecognizable. Perhaps this was what Chailly had in mind, but to my ears it doesn't quite work. This is not to say they aren't lively, engaging readings, just not great.

In comparing these performances to Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, my favorite period informed set on modern instruments, the Chailly set has better sound but overall the Mackerras performances wear better over repeated listenings. Harnoncourt is also one of the great sets in my opinion, also a good balance of period tempi and modern instruments. I don't care for the Zinman or Gardiner sets, and I have yet to hear the Krivine or most recent Abbado sets. I still love my Wand, Bernstein, and Szell sets as well, though those are more traditional performances.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category