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Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 / Michael Gielen, SWR Symphony Orchestra


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  • Actors: Michael Gielen, Pastorale, Swr Sinfonieorchester
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006U6PTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Michael Gielen conducts the SWR-Sinfonieorchester in this 3 DVD set.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2005
I received the three DVDs of Michael Gielen conducting all nine Beethoven symphonies on the same day. Consequently I've been having a Beethoven Fest all my own. I love DVDs of orchestral concerts; it's more like attending a real concert than when one simply listens to a CD. And this series is fortunate to have extremely crisp visuals as well as lifelike sound. I've admired Gielen as conductor--he's also a composer of avant garde music--ever since he took over as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony back in the 1980s. I've particularly admired his ability to shake the dust of time and tradition off old scores. He certainly does that here. He has, for many years, championed playing the Beethoven symphonies at the composer's own metronome markings, something that others have more recently come to do; but back when he was starting to do this Beethoven's metronome markings were considered erroneous presumably due to his deafness or because perhaps he had a faulty metronome. Gielen has shown that both those reasons are poppycock. But he's no speed demon as some HIP conductors are. And he uses modern instruments, thank goodness, in these performances. Please see my review of the first three symphonies for more.

This DVD contains the Fourth, that 'slender Greek maiden' in Schumann's words, followed by the titanic Fifth and the bucolic Sixth, the 'Pastoral.' All three were recorded in the Freiburg Konzerthaus (Freiburg is one of two cities for which this SWR Sinfonieorchester is the local symphony; their other hometown is Baden-Baden). The Fourth was recorded in January 2000, the Fifth and Sixth in December 1997.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Yen on April 20, 2007
Wild praise to Gielen for daring to break the mold of traditional over-Romanticizing Beethoven. Much as we love the traditional Beethoven interpreters for their clear dedication and wonderful musicality, Karajan and Klemperer and all the others, and much as I love them, Gielen has a vision that in my mind, is much truer to Beethoven than the rather cloudy influence of Late Romanticism on conducting.

I am most happy with the Fifth, which is a thrill to behold after being stuck only with Karajan's good but very heavy-handed Fifth. The playing is done with total conviction--this is not an orchestra that is blindly following their conductor's vision, to my ears anyway, but is "in" on it as well.

The Fourth and Sixth are also great--check this disc out!
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By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2013
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I ordered this as a replacement for the same DVD I purchased a few years ago. I played the other one so often that I wore it out. This video is incredible, featuring an outstanding orchestra and conductor who interprets various Beethoven symphonies in a very true, powerful, and beautiful manner. The camera work is outstanding, as it focuses in on specific instruments just at the right time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tile Tool Jim on July 29, 2012
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Nice orchestra, director and woodwinds. It is just so nice to be able to watch and enjoy Beethoven right in your home. The filming is nice with a balance of individuals, groups and orchestra shots. Everyone should have a Beethoven collection like this. I purchased all 9 symphonies.
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