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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 326 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047QRXYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Christian Thielemann conducts the Vienna Philharmonic with soloists Annette Dasch, Mihoko Fujimura, Piotr Beczala, and Georg Zeppenfeld, with the Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien. also included 3 Discovering Beethoven documentaries with c

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Everything is well played and well balanced.
Mark E. Stenroos
Audio imaging or sound stage is just as impressive as the excellent high def picture quality.
Chhan Thuan Kiat
Thielemann is very much his own man in this important respect.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paul Pelkonen on April 25, 2011
Format: DVD
These recordings conclude a collaborative project between the Vienna Philharmonic and Christian Thielemann, the impressive conductor who, over the course of the past decade, has become the most eminent baton in German music. Here, Mr. Thielemann leads engaging performances of the last three Beethoven symphonies, the heroic Seventh, the humorous Eighth, and the Ninth, the composer's mighty shout for joy and brotherhood that ends the cycle.

The great opportunity here is to experience the Vienna forces playing in their home building, the legendary Goldensaal of the Musikverein in Vienna. Better yet, they're playing this beloved music in front of a live audience. Something is gained from actually recording in the bright, warm acoustic of the Musikverein, the chance for the home viewer to share in the unique communion between the audience and this ancient, brilliant orchestra.

In fact the whole endeavor, like Mr. Thielemann himself, is a bit of a throwback, to an age before tonmeisters and record company suits crammed the record shelves with mediocre Beethoven cycles led by egotistical conductors at the height of an unsustainable boom. By making honest music without the aid of modern machinery, the Viennese have done the impossible: they have come up with a fresh take on this well-known, well-loved music.

Mr. Thielemann leads a straightforward, über-Romantic interpretation, opting for a limpid clarity of texture that allows the listener to hear these sturdy works afresh.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By V.J. Williams on June 16, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
My purchase of this, the 7th - 9th Symphony in Blu-ray was inspired almost solely by the reviewers here. Thank you, Mr Goodwin! My frame of reference for Beethoven's 9th was the Von Karanjan 1977 live recording with the Berlin Philharmonic, and the principals Anna-Tomova-Sintov, Agnes Baltsa, René Kollo and José van Dam. I do admit to being very partial to this recording, but the idea of foraying into Blu-Ray was attractive and then I found this Thielemann.

I was, to say the least, blown away and kept gasping at every nuance that bespoke emotion impossible to explain. I will feast on this recording - excellent clarity of sound!- for years to come, I hope. Will anything better be produced? Time will tell. I can say here and now, anything recorded after this magnum opus will for me, at any rate, always be measured against this unbelievable experience of the Beethoven 9th, especially.

The "Discovering Beethoven" conversations are even more worth purchasing this set. It reminded me of the documentary special feature on the movie "The Mission" by director Roland Joffé which I enjoyed more than watching the film itself. Well, with the Beethoven Symphonies, I enjoyed the documentaries as much as I did the performance.

I admit here that Piotr Beczala is a very special tenor and so I enjoyed the choir and pricipal singers in the "Choral" symphony and again, an impressive line-up that competes well with the singers in the 1977 DVD recording.

This has been such an experience, so I've ordered the 4,5,6th symphonies on Blu-ray and looking forward to experience the best that Thielemann, the Vienna Philharmonic and Blu-ray has to offer.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Clive S. Goodwin on April 11, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review pertains to all the nine symphonies, in my case 3 blueray discs (purchased separately).To begin with, the bluerays are actually cheaper than the regular dvds, because each dvd release takes up 2 discs. On each blueray, you get 3 symphonies plus a very interesting analysis on each one given by Christian Thielemann,(the conductor) and Joachim Kaiser, the eminent musicologist. SO, if you have a blueray player (if not, get one just for this set!) the whole thing will set you back less than $90.(I bought mine from Classical Music Superstore).

The dts master audio captures the detail, nuances and Vienna Phil. playing to an unprecedented degree.You will hear and see details of the score you've never heard before. The video is beyond reproach, with very intelligent pinpointing of players plus the considerable skills of Thielemann's conducting style. He has the reputation of being rather stolid on the podium, but I found his manner enthusiastic and empathetic (including becoming momentarily airborne on occasion!)The Vienna Philharmonic remains a fabulous group, except they need to hire more female players! The audience was very attentive, with nobody asleep, as far as I could discern(blueray lets you see these details!)

I have listened to Beethoven interpretations for 50 years, through Klemperer, Karajan and then the whole "original instuments" metronome maniacs. These new readings actually bear more resemblance to Willem Mengelberg's, in the 1930's. What I mean here is that Thielemann uses rubato, both subtle and extreme, accelerates and puts the brakes on, brings down the playing to a whisper when he deems necessary, and just basically rethinks the whole thing. Other reviews have picked out favorites - I just loved them all.
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