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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Günter Wand Edition) [Box set, Import, Original recording remastered]

Ludwig van Beethoven , Günter Wand , NDR-Sinfonieorchester , Edith Wiens , Hildegard Hartwig , Keith Lewis , Roland Hermann , Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper , Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks Audio CD
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listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: Adagio molto - Allegro con brio 8:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: Andante cantabile con moto 8:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Finale: Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastorale": Allegro ma non troppo (Happy feelings aroused on arrival in the country)13:16Album Only
listen  6. Andante molto moto (Scene by the brook)12:04Album Only
listen  7. Allegro (Peasants' merry-making) 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Allegro (Thunderstorm) 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastorale": Allegretto (Shepherd's song: Joyous thanksgiving after the storm) 9:31$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio11:37Album Only
listen  2. Larghetto10:29Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: Scherzo: Allegro 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Allegro molto 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: Poco sostenuto - Vivace15:13Album Only
listen  6. Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: Allegretto 7:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Presto10:09Album Only
listen  8. Allegro con brio 8:48$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": Allegro con brio18:00Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": Marcia funebre: Adagio assai14:39Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": Scherzo: Allegro vivace 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Finale: Allegro molto11:26Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: Allegro vivace e con brio 9:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: Allegretto scherzando 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: Tempo di Menuetto 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Allegro vivace 7:45$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60: Adagio - Allegro vivace12:07Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60: Adagio 9:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Menuetto: Allegro vivace 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60: Allegro ma non troppo 6:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Allegro con brio 7:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: Andante con moto 9:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: Allegro 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: Allegro10:22Album Only


Disc 5:

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listen  1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso15:27Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: Molto vivace. Presto11:08Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: Adagio molto e cantabile15:58Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: Presto 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: Presto. "O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!". Allegro assai17:37Album Only


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  • Performer: Edith Wiens, Hildegard Hartwig, Keith Lewis, Roland Hermann, Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, et al.
  • Orchestra: NDR-Sinfonieorchester
  • Conductor: Günter Wand
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (November 5, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Import, Original recording remastered
  • 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: RCA
  • ASIN: B00005QHV5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Gunther Wand only achieved significant renown toward the end of his long life. He insisted on prolonged rehearsal time and is said to have been a difficult, depressive personality. His repertoire centred on the classics (Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms) as well as Bruckner. Hearing this cycle of Beethoven symphonies proves to be a consistently satisfying experience. The interpretations are vital, solid, middle of the road (in the best sense of the term) and expertly phrased; I could not say that any of the performances was below a highly satisfying level of execution.

A bonus is the natural, clear, warm and well balanced sound. The NDR Symphony Orchestra is an excellent unit and sound top notch. Of course the serious music lover would have multiple sets of this inexhaustable music (search out the Bruno Walter 1940's cycle with the New York Philharmonic as well as the usual suspects like Karajan 1963 and Klemperer). But if you are seeking a well performed modern recording of the Beethoven symphonies, you will not go wrong with this Gunther Wand set.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best traditional Beethoven cycles March 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
During a season of Beethoven I decided to finally hear ALL the symphonies, and so I started to search for a complete cycle. This Beethoven symphonic cycle is the current recommendation of Gramophone, out of all those available -- strong praise indeed! Is Gramophone misguided, deluded or otherwise discombobulated, thus explaining their idiosyncratic choice? I think not. Nobody pays me to listen to Beethoven cycles all day long, so I can't say whether Wand's with the NDR of Hamburg (remastered from the original 1985-1988 recordings) is the absolute best, but I can testify that it is great -- no weak links, and several contenders for the best available performance.

The amazing Gunter Wand, who emerged as one of the world's great conductors late in life before his death in 2002, leads the NDR in strong, convincing versions of the 1st and 2nd, generally regarded as solid but less than revolutionary works. The 6th is absolutely transcendental, making a believer of me. I had never considered it to be one of Beethoven's best, a bit on the "light" side, but Wand brings it alive and I have seen the light!

The remaining symphonies are all superb, but face the strongest possible competition from the legions of great conductors and orchestras that have tackled these great works over the years. I am partial to Szell's 3rd and 8th with Cleveland, and I can now hear more clearly how distinctive his taut, streamlined interpretation is compared to Wand's, which is fuller-bodied. Furtwangler's immortal live performances of the 3rd are incomparable in their intensity, which can only be fully appreciated by comparison to a powerful, yet mortal account such as Wand's. Of course Kleiber, leading the VPO, reigns with the 5th and 7th.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Performance, Recording January 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There are many Beethoven Symphony cycles out there, but this is my favorite so far. The sound quality is head and shoulders above all others I've heard -- the symphonic textures are rich and easily discernable, as if you were sitting in the best seats of the house, in the best symphony hall. Wand's conducting is also very good, and I particularly find his 6th and 9th appealing, for once tipping my preference towards rich modern orchestras instead of period pieces by Gardiner and others. (It also doesn't hurt just how affordable this set is!)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I've owned about 6 or 7 complete sets of Beethoven Symphonies, and this Wand set is my latest acquisition. And I really regretted having spent SO MUCH money on those others: just to let you know what those are, von Karajan, Harnoncourt, Zinman, Jochum, Abbado, Norrington. Then there is the less than complete 'set' by Carlos Kleiber (yes, even Keliber Jr). None of them could be bench-marked against Wand's set in an 'overall' favourable light, with the latter ones to the more detrimental degree.
Surprised? Hardly so.
One reviewer says here that Wand was being 'hyped' by Grammophone Magazine. Certainly NOT so in their recommendations for the best Beethoven Symphony set. They did not even mentioned Wand. They revered Norrington, whom I found most ungrounded.
If you want to find ONE conductor who may possibly beat Wand in an overall sense, then go for Furtwangler in mono historical recordings. Perhaps the answer lies there. For stereo sets, Wand reigns over ALL - be it period or conventional.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Surprise! December 28, 2010
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Having 15 sets of Beethoven symphonies, why on earth would I ever purchase another? I love my Karajan, Gardiner, Szell and Zinman sets ... so why would Wand have anything more to say. He recorded these in the late 1980's at the age of 75 after all. Surprise! Wand's performances have no ego ... simply the composer sounding upbeat and fresh. The SOUND is outstanding. Listen to the tympani ... every beat counts and perfectly. Each section is simply top-notch. No notes are lost by muddy recording. This set is a delightful surprise.
If one were coming to Beethoven for the first time, I recommend this set as the one to begin with ... and a bargain to boot. I'm going to buy a batch and give them to friends who have ears to hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance
One of the best performances of the Beethoven symphonies I heard
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Hoshen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Choice for a Set
Very solid throughout, a good choice for a complete set. The acoustics are great, and the individual performances competitive with the best. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David G.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beethoven cycle belonging in everyone collection
Most CD collectors have at least 1,2 or 3 performances and recordings of the Mighty nine, or more of each favorite Beethoven Symphony. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RLB
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the little things.
I agree with what all of the 5-star ratings say, musically and sonically. I won't add to that.

But, honestly, in this day and age, it is the little things. Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. Voss
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound quality
Gunter Wand seemed like sound quality guaranty. I own his Beethoven, Brahms, and Bruckner complete symphonies. All are excellent on sound. Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by A worker
3.0 out of 5 stars beethoven decaffinated
These interpretations are rather too rigid and classical in shape for my taste; they lack Beethoven's characteristic mixture of passion and nobility one can hear in the... Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by Arnar
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven and Gunter Wand...The Musical Experience!
The remastering is absolutely wonderfull.The sound is perfect.We hear almost all the instruments.This is by far my favorite Beethoven's symphonies cycle. Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by Le Parnasse Musical
5.0 out of 5 stars Wand Knows His Stuff
Certainly there are different styles of conducting. The key question always should be though "does it work musically?" The answer for Wand's Beethoven here in this set is yes. Read more
Published on October 8, 2009 by nrutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars This is for the 5th
I just heard on my classical station the Fifth played from this recording. I dont know if it was from this remastered box set or from the earlier single CD with the Fourth and... Read more
Published on September 3, 2009 by Peter T. Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars omg...this is wonderful
FINALLY, someone who plays the symphonies at a decend speed. it is music, not a race.
right now i am listening to 7. man, i forgot how much i loved this one. Read more
Published on January 12, 2009 by Don V
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