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Beethoven: The Symphonies [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Karita Mattila , Violetta Urmana , Thomas Moser , Thomas Quasthoff , Ludwig van Beethoven , Claudio Abbado , Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra , Swedish Radio Choir , Eric Ericson Chamber Choir Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brioBerliner Philharmoniker 8:37Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 2. Andante cantabile con motoBerliner Philharmoniker 7:18Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brioBerliner Philharmoniker11:33Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 2. LarghettoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:53Album Only
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Berliner Philharmoniker 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 4. Allegro moltoBerliner Philharmoniker 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 1. Allegro con brioBerliner Philharmoniker16:06Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)Berliner Philharmoniker14:17Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 4. Finale (Allegro molto)Berliner Philharmoniker10:24Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 1. Adagio - Allegro vivaceBerliner Philharmoniker11:08Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 2. AdagioBerliner Philharmoniker 9:18Album Only
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 3. Allegro vivaceBerliner Philharmoniker 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 4. Allegro ma non troppoBerliner Philharmoniker 6:42$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro con brioBerliner Philharmoniker 7:16Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 2. Andante con motoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:10Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 3. AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker 7:48Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 4. AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker10:41Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppoBerliner Philharmoniker11:18Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)Berliner Philharmoniker11:05Album Only
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)Berliner Philharmoniker 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)Berliner Philharmoniker 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: AllegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker 8:26Album Only


Disc 4:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 1. Poco sostenuto - VivaceBerliner Philharmoniker13:23Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 2. AllegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker 7:56Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai meno prestoBerliner Philharmoniker 8:45Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro con brioBerliner Philharmoniker 8:07Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 1. Allegro vivace e con brioBerliner Philharmoniker 8:42Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 2. Allegretto scherzandoBerliner Philharmoniker 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 3. Tempo di menuettoBerliner Philharmoniker 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 4. Allegro vivaceBerliner Philharmoniker 6:57$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestosoBerliner Philharmoniker14:22Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 2. Molto vivaceBerliner Philharmoniker13:03Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 3. Adagio molto e cantabileBerliner Philharmoniker12:49Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Presto - Allegro assaiBerliner Philharmoniker 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Presto - "O Freunde nicht diese Töne" -Berliner Philharmoniker16:29Album Only


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  • Performer: Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, 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: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00004YZ33
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Beyond argument, Claudio Abaddo's second Beethoven cycle puts his previous DG traversals of the nine symphonies in the shade. His Berlin Philharmonic musicians, for starters, play with more precision, fire, suppleness, and ensemble sophistication than the Vienna Philharmonic did for Abaddo's live 1980s DG cycle. More significant, Abaddo's interpretations turn nearly 180 degrees from a soft-grained, middle-of-the-road vantage point toward the fleet tempos and tart sonorities favored by such "historically informed" Beethovenians as Charles Mackerras, Nicholas Harnoncourt, and David Zinman. Like Zinman, Abaddo makes use of the much-discussed Barenreiter edition, featuring Jonathan Del Mar's textual revisions based on original sources. One might characterize Abaddo's remakes as the Zinman with better playing.

Symphonies One and Two are cases in point. Both are jam-packed with crisp, fleet articulation and pungent accents. In similar fashion, the Third symphony's radical classicism hits home in a lean, driving performance redolent of the like-minded Kleiber-Concertgebouw and digital Karajan-Berlin recordings of the Eroica. Clarity, however, is often sacrificed for speed in the Fourth. If Abbado's new Fifth lacks the elemental thrust and surging bass line distinguishing Carlos Kleiber's and Gunter Wand's powerful readings, one hears important lines that often get lost in the mix, such as the cellos' countermelody underneath the finale's second theme.

The remaining symphonies boast reams of prodigious, effortless orchestral execution, but they often fall short in dynamic thrust, dramatic momentum, and even humor when appropriate. The finale of the Seventh, for instance, goes too fast for the swirling music to really take shape, and ditto for the wacky last movement of the Eighth. Abaddo's excellent live Berlin Ninth on Sony is hardly superseded by the present lightweight, ill-balanced traversal, although Thomas Quasthoff's riveting declamation in the finale is gorgeous and meaningful. DG's excellent packaging includes an interview with the conductor and informative annotations. All told, an uneven cycle as a whole, but its finest moments easily stand among the best modern Beethoven symphony recordings. --Jed Distler

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearing The Cobwebs December 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If ever there was a doubt over Abbado's ability over ten years to clear the cobwebs created by Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic then this is it. Whilst many people might greet this cycle with a cry of "ANOTHER Beethoven cycle???" they do it at their peril. Using the critically acclaimed new editions prepared by Jonathan Del Mar, Abbado puts together a cycle of rare insight and vision. Unlike John Eliot Gardiner who sacrifices beauty for speed, Abbado in this cycle not only adopts a faster approach to many of the symphonies than Karajan but still manages to pay as much attention to detail to the articulation and phrasing required in such complex works, with astoundingly clear results. At all times the Berliners deliver clear and highly skilled (would we expect anything less??) playing, responding well to Abbado's direction. Highlights are the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th symphonies, the latter receiving one of the freshest and most astounding performances in years. Take a chance and buy this set, it worth every cent and you will playing it for years to come. And not an original instrument in sight either.....
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Amazing Beethoven Symphony Recordings December 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
These are, as other people wrote, not ordinary Beethoven symphony recordings. There are many many recordings, but this set is superior to many. The score used for the recording is the newest version which I think is very accurate. If you know the symphonies well, you will find them different. There is a slight shift of the focus of the tone in this version because of the new edition. The overall impression is very fresh and clean. Compared to highly acclaimed Karajan's recordings of the 70's, there seems to be brighter and clean in the sounds in this one. Karajan's recordings have oil-painting like qualities. The sound is very thick and dark. The resulting sound is thoroughly modern. Abbado's recordings have water-colour painting like qualities. This was achieved in part by reducing the size of the orchestra. He is more classical in his approach.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Definitive Cycle December 28, 2000
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This is a great cycle of Beethoven symphonies. It could be a new definitive cycle due to Claudio Abbado's virtually faithful adherence to the new Jonathan Del Mar-edited scores and the Berlin Philharmonic's warm, crisp playing that is more reminiscent of a chamber orchestra than a major symphony orchestra. This is undoubtedly due to Abbado's decision to use a smaller orchestra, in an effort to create music more evocative of the early 19th Century without using original instruments. Sure, there are a couple of glaring flaws, most notably the excessive speed through which Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic rush through the finale of the 7th Symphony. I concurr with Amazon's reviewer in his comparison of Abbado's and the Berlin Philharmonic's two recordings of the 9th symphony; the earlier Sony version is a bit more electrifying than the one for Deutsche Grammophon. Yet there is much to be admired in this new cycle, starting with what is unquestionably the best recorded - and performed - digital version of the 3rd Symphony. The employees at my favorite used CD store in New York City speak highly of this cycle; after hearing it in its entirety, I join them in their lavish praise.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great cycle November 28, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is an impressive set. Recording the complete symphonies is sometimes done just for the challenge. There are plenty of versions available that were done just to show a conductor worthy. These versions suffer from routine performances and no new angles to see. Although the Abbado set, marking the first release on DVD by DG, could be considered a challenge, Abbado has plenty of new things to say. There are cheaper sets available, but even the presentation of the Abbado set matches its quality in sound. It goes back to another age when music connoseurs could purchase a nice booklet with pictures and musical examples for a little extra cost of the regular set (RCA's Soria series). The Berlin Philharmonic play superbly and the chorus(es) are well disciplined in the Ninth. This set is ideal for those who seek the architecture in Beethoven's symphonies. I own and am familiar with the original LP sets of Karajan and Toscanini. This is a fabulous addition to my collection and it is worth the price.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best recordings I've ever heard of anything. December 4, 2001
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I purchased this set one week after having been priveledged to see Abbado and the Berliners perform Beethoven's 5th, 6th, and 7th at Carnegie Hall on two consecutive nights. The playing I heard those evenings was astounding - I don't think I've ever heard an orchestra remotely as good. The musicians played with utter committment and passion, from the concertmaster to the last music stand of the second violins - it took my breath away. Each of the string sections played so precisely together, it produced an intensely focused sound - which I found remarkable, especially in the lower strings - the cellos, and even double basses, where you don't frequently hear such nimble, tight playing - in other orchestras, anyway. And when was the last time you noticed exactly what the violas were doing? There was nothing these musicians could not do. At any dynamic,from a triple pianissimo to a tripple fore, and at any tempo, each note sounded with precise ensemble - whole massive runs of 32nd notes at some breakneck tempos, all executed with precise ensemble, clarity, and all of it beautifully phrased. And don't get me started on the beautiful solo playing by various members of the orchestra. All I can say is, "Lovely, lovely, lovely."
Abbado produced a sound that was both powerful yet supple and transparent.Inner voices were allowed to shine through. This listener had the impression of having heard something quite fresh and new. He balanced gossamer-thin pianissimos against playing that was rhthymically intense and driving. At the climax of the 7th I found myself actually proprelled out of my seat - literally knocked off my chair.
These new Deutche Grammophon recordings beautifully capture all that I heard live in New York on a night I won't soon forget.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent musicality and audio
Best audio quality. Love the Berlin philharmonic. Abbado makes the music beautiful and lively.
Published 2 months ago by Dean Chia
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I listened to this before reading the negative reviews
From the way some of the more critical reviews describe this, you'd think it was Mickey Mouse conducting the Disney World orchestra. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Christmas
2.0 out of 5 stars Know that Abbado re-recorded these symphonies in 2001 because he was...
Other reviewers have expressed their opinions of this collection of Claudio Abbado's recordings of Beethoven's symphonies, recorded in 2000, actually in mostly positive reviews... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Phil in Magnolia
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Published on November 24, 2011 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
2.0 out of 5 stars If you want Abbado's Beethoven, go for his live set from Rome
With regards to recordings, there are basically four types of listening experiences. There are recorded performances that, upon first hearing, become instant favorites, and remain... Read more
Published on December 31, 2010 by Prescott Cunningham Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern. Period.
This Beethoven cycle has been heavily criticized for its rather distant sound quality, yet from a musical standpoint it is quite good overall, with a few reservations. Read more
Published on November 12, 2010 by Joseph M. Perorazio
5.0 out of 5 stars Really thrilling
I've purchased Cd's before, based on someone's recomendations, and have often been disappointed. This was not the case with this edition of all 9 Beethoven Symphonies. Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by Lewis W. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars There are much better recordings, but it has some qualities.
Well, it is listenable, it is even beautiful, but... When compared to Abbado's first cycle in Vienna, it is not as powerful. Read more
Published on April 27, 2009 by T. Avramov
5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Superb Insightful Performances, Questionable Sound
As Abbado writes in the liner notes of this set he is guided by the new critical edition of Beethoven's symphonies by Jonathan Del Mar, which he apparently follows quite closely,... Read more
Published on September 13, 2007 by Steven O. Hemenway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great LIVE performances
This Abbado BPO live Beethoven Symphony cycles is one of my favorites. I love the DVDs. This set would be a good choice for introducing your non classical friends to Beethoven and... Read more
Published on April 18, 2007 by King Lemuel
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