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Disc 1:

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  1. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 1. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con BrioJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 2. Andante Cantabile Con MotoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro Molto E Vivace)John Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro Molto E Vivace)John Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 1. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con BrioJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique12:08Album Only
  6. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 2. LarghettoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique10:19Album Only
  7. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)John Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 4. Allegro MoltoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:08$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  1. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -''Eroica'' - 1. Allegro Con BrioJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique15:37Album Only
  2. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -''Eroica'' - 2. Marcia Funebre (Adagio Assai)John Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique12:41Album Only
  3. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -''Eroica'' - 3. Scherzo (Allegro Vivace)John Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -''Eroica'' - 4. Finale (Allegro Molto)John Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique10:42Album Only
  5. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 1. Adagio - Allegro VivaceJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique10:56Album Only
  6. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 2. AdagioJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 9:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 3. Allegro VivaceJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 4. Allegro Ma Non TroppoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro Con BrioJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 2. Andante Con MotoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 3. AllegroJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 4. AllegroJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 9:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -''Pastoral'' - 1. Erwachen Heiterer Empfindungen Bei Der Ankunft Auf Dem Lande: Allegro Ma Non TroppoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique11:13Album Only
  6. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -''Pastoral'' - 2. Szene Am Bach: (Andante Molto Mosso)John Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique12:00Album Only
  7. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -''Pastoral'' - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein Der Landleute (Allegro)John Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -''Pastoral'' - 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)John Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -''Pastoral'' - 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe Und Dankbare Gefühle Nach Dem Sturm: AllegrettoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 9:16$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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  1. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 1. Poco Sostenuto - VivaceJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique13:09Album Only
  2. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 2. AllegrettoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 7:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai Meno PrestoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro Con BrioJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 9:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 1. Allegro Vivace E Con BrioJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 2. Allegretto ScherzandoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 3. Tempo Di MenuettoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 4. Allegro VivaceJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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  1. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco MaestosoJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique13:05Album Only
  2. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 2. Molto VivaceJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique13:07Album Only
  3. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 3. Adagio Molto E CantabileJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique12:06Album Only
  4. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 4. Presto - Allegro AssaiJohn Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 4. Presto - ''O Freunde Nicht Diese Töne''Anne Sofie von Otter and Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Gilles Cachemaille and John Eliot Gardiner and Luba Orgonasova and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and The Monteverdi Choir15:55Album Only

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B0033QC0WE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Yi-Peng on April 2, 2010
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I know this cycle of Beethoven symphonies can raise eyebrows (and it has done so since it was released in 1994.) However, I've loved this Gardiner Beethoven set (and many other recordings of his) since I was young. I deeply enjoy and cherish the music-making he elicits from his marvellous period instrument orchestras. In the case of this Beethoven, this cycle was like a breath of fresh air to me, after I felt jaded by the slower Karajan, Furtwängler and Klemperer-type approach to these works. Of the four pioneering historically-sensitive versions (Goodman/Huggett, Norrington/LCP, Hogwood being the others) I find that Jeggy is perhaps the most robust. By this I mean that the performances are more full-bodied than the others that have been released up to that point. I know that I shouldn't vouch for hurry-sick versions of any music. I know that these rush-hour mode performances might make people die of cardiac arrest because the artists did not make the moment last. However, I deeply enjoy Gardiner's music-making in this series of recordings, and I rather like the polished and characterful playing from the ORR that involves me in the music. No offence to the other Beethoven sets currently available, but I think that Gardiner and his team are still robust and pack the most punch in their clean, forthright renditions of the symphonies. I think that it's capable of making the works sound big when needed, but yet scales back to a more chamber-like sound in the lighter symphonies. And I know that period-instruments don't always provide pleasant sounds, but I think the playing is superb and the individual instruments are still able to "sing".

Gardiner's Beethoven cycle does a marvellous job at capturing the Sturm und Drang aspect of the symphonies.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Prescott Cunningham Moore on December 13, 2010
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Gardiner's period instrument cycle was the best of both worlds when it was released in the mid-nineties, appealing to purists and traditionalists alike. It secured better playing than Hogwood did in his fine cycle and has remained in-print unlike Bruggen's fantastic series. But most importantly, it did not grossly offended many listeners like Rodger Norrington's cycle did, with its hard hitting accents and fast tempos. Indeed, it was Beethoven for Beethoven's sake, with spirited tempos, big playing, and a true understanding of the composer's idiom. In this regard, despite the publication of the Barenreiter editions, the set still remains fresh, attractive, and "current" with much of the recent scholarship, in no small part because Gardiner worked with Del Mar in preparation of this set.

As far as complete cycles go, this still remains a favorite period set as well as a front runner as far as cycles are concerned. For one, Gardiner secures fabulous playing from his period band, with full-bodied, gutsy strings, golden-toned brass, and bright winds, especially from the typically undernourished clarinets and bassoons. Intonation is always spot-on and the overall timbre of the orchestra has that typical warmth and spice one can only find from period instruments. Secondly, Gardiner is across-the-board a very fine interpreter indeed. He is excellent in all the sonata-form movements, judging and balancing climaxes wonderfully, while finding the humor throughout, especially in Beethoven's delicious scherzo movements. But he also knows when to pull back and let lyrical passages be just that lyrical, that lack of which was the major shortcoming in Norrington's cycle.

A great example would be Gardiner's absolutely thrilling Seventh, one of the truly great performances of this work.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By KenOC on February 14, 2011
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There is and can be no "reference version" of Beethoven's symphonies. A range of interpretive approaches is possible, rather narrow in fact but made seemingly broad by our perception of the importance of this music. So we can choose from quasi-19th century Romantic approaches such as those of Jochum or Cluytens, or from still-massive but more precise and even "steely" versions such as Karajan's, or from lighter fleet-footed performances on period instruments, or at least in period style, that have become quite popular in recent years - for instance Zinman, Norrington, and Harnoncourt. To my ears, Gardiner's cycle is the finest among the last group.

The reasons? I can add little to what has already been said, but would emphasize: (1) Fleet the music may be, but it is projected with an incredible passion and force. (2) This seems due not only to Gardiner's music conceptions but to the faultless, even brilliant, execution by the ORR. (3) The sound is excellent with a very substantial (but not tubby) low end, something that seems weak in certain other "period" versions. (4) In some places, Gardiner's approach makes quite a difference in how the music is heard. This can be welcome in pieces as familiar, or even overly-familiar, as these.

The downside: As played here, this is music that grabs you by the throat and slams you up against the wall. The intensity of the experience is truly impressive, but do we really want this sort of experience as a steady diet? Well, that's one reason why there can't be a true "reference version," and why Beethoven enthusiasts usually own several sets of symphonies. But for what it does and what it is, it's difficult to see this fine set being surpassed any time soon.
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