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Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies / (5) Overtures, Opp. 43;62;72b,c;84 Box set, Import


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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 brioLeonard Bernstein 9:20Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 2. Andante cantabile con motoLeonard Bernstein 8:10Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)Leonard Bernstein 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)Leonard Bernstein 5:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 1. Poco sostenuto - VivaceLeonard Bernstein14:13Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 2. AllegrettoLeonard Bernstein 8:46Album Only
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai meno prestoLeonard Bernstein 8:58Album Only
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro con brioLeonard Bernstein 7:01Album Only
listen  9. Beethoven: The Creatures Of Prometheus, Op.43 - Overtura. Adagio - Allegro molto con brioLeonard Bernstein 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brioLeonard Bernstein13:24Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 2. LarghettoLeonard Bernstein12:26Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Leonard Bernstein 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 4. Allegro moltoLeonard Bernstein 6:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 1. Adagio - Allegro vivaceLeonard Bernstein11:27Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 2. AdagioLeonard Bernstein10:00Album Only
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 3. Allegro vivaceLeonard Bernstein 5:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 4. Allegro ma non troppoLeonard Bernstein 6:45$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 1. Allegro con brioLeonard Bernstein17:42Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)Leonard Bernstein17:35Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)Leonard Bernstein 6:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 4. Finale (Allegro molto)Leonard Bernstein11:45Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Music To Goethe's Tragedy "Egmont" Op.84 - Ouverture - Sostenuto, ma non troppo - AllegroLeonard Bernstein 8:56Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Overture "Coriolan", Op.62Leonard Bernstein 8:56Album Only


Disc 4:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro con brioLeonard Bernstein 8:38Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 2. Andante con motoLeonard Bernstein10:19Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 3. AllegroLeonard Bernstein 5:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 4. AllegroLeonard Bernstein11:17Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 1. Allegro vivace e con brioLeonard Bernstein 9:43Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 2. Allegretto scherzandoLeonard Bernstein 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 3. Tempo di menuettoLeonard Bernstein 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 4. Allegro vivaceLeonard Bernstein 7:20Album Only
listen  9. Beethoven: Fidelio Op.72 - OvertureLeonard Bernstein 7:13Album Only


Disc 5:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - "Pastoral" - 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppoLeonard Bernstein11:41Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - "Pastoral" - 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)Leonard Bernstein13:25Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - "Pastoral" - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)Leonard Bernstein 5:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - "Pastoral" - 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)Leonard Bernstein 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - "Pastoral" - 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: AllegrettoLeonard Bernstein10:13Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Overture "Leonore No.3", Op. 72aLeonard Bernstein15:03Album Only
listen  7. Beethoven: "King Stephen Or Hungary's First Benefactor", Op.117 - Andante con moto - PrestoLeonard Bernstein 6:51$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 6:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestosoLeonard Bernstein15:20Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 2. Molto vivaceLeonard Bernstein11:15Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 3. Adagio molto e cantabileLeonard Bernstein17:49Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" / 4. - 4. Finale (Ausschnitt)Leonard Bernstein 7:46Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" / 4. - Presto - "O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!" - Allegro assaiKurt Moll18:43Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: Rene Kollo, Gwyneth Jones, Hanna Schwarz, Kurt Moll
  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • 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: B000001G98
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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Leonard Bernstein's Beethoven cycle for Deutsche Grammophon has remained one of the best around for nearly three decades. It was the first large project that Bernstein recorded live--or mostly live, there were patch-up sessions after each concert--and these performances really do capture the inspiration of the moment. Particularly outstanding are the versions of Symphonies 3, 6, 7, and 9, though reaction to Bernstein's Fifth is a matter of taste. On balance, though, this is an excellent set. --David Hurwitz

Customer Reviews

Bernstein shouldn't have tried to compete on hallowed gorund, not in Beethoven, at least.
Santa Fe Listener
First, this is a live recording and the sound quality is not as good as studio ones, especially when using earphones.
"musikfanca"
The 6th is also taken at a slow pace and lacks the sunny lightness that Bruno Walter brings to this.
Brian H. Williams

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is Bernstein in his prime conducting the greatest symphonies ever composed, with the world's greatest symphony orchestra, the VPO. Bernstein never failed to put his individual stamp on interpretations, and these recordings are no exception. I like the "live" feel of the recordings, with numbers 3,6,7, and 9 particularly good. If you live in the U.S. the only way to purchase nos. 1,2,4,7, and 8 is in this set. You currently cannot purchase them individually (unless you order it from overseas). Number 7 is one of the best ever recorded in my opinion, and number 9 is the best of Bernstein's three versions available. The only letdown was number 5, which is quirky. On the whole a great set.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic enjoyed a great musical partnership which spanned nearly two and a half decades. Bernstein's excellent Beethoven symphony cycle was one of the finest recordings he did for Deutsche Grammophon. Admittedly the sound quality isn't as refined as a studio recording, but these are very good to exceptional performances of Beethoven's symphonies. The only major disappointment is his reading of the 5th symphony, which isn't nearly as inspiring as Bohm's - or especially Kleiber's - with the Vienna Philharmonic. His splendid reading of the 3rd Symphony is far more elegant than any I have heard from Karajan. Other great performances include those of the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 9th symphonies. The two finest performances are of the 7th and 8th symphonies, with Bernstein's riveting account of the 7th almost as fine as Kleiber's. Unfortunately, Deutsche Grammophon's inadequate placing of recording microphones resulted in less than optimal sound quality; for example one can not easily distinguish between the woodwind and string sections in the Vienna Philharmonic's performance of the 3rd symphony. Yet despite these flaws I have found Bernstein's Vienna Philharmonic Beethoven symphony cycle as enjoyable as Bohm's and far superior to any I have heard from Karajan.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Bernstein in New York was the essence of "American" Beethoven: dynamic, extroverted, heedless of Germanic conventions, totally displaced from the long line leading from Nikisch to Furtwangler and Klemperer. In Vienna he lost his American perspective, but the one he gained wasn't better. The Viena Phil play wonderfully, as always, but this is their composer, not Bernstein's. In general the readings are much more fleet and small-scalled than in NY, and although nothing is wrong exactly, not a single performance, to my mind, is better than what he did before--the sound is certainly no great shakes, being dry and uninvolving. Bernstein shouldn't have tried to compete on hallowed gorund, not in Beethoven, at least. His Fidelio from Vienna is the one exception, but these readings aren't.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ytzan on May 6, 2000
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I am a great fan of Bernstein. I believe he is (was) great in every recording he has made although I know that the critics won't agree. All the symphonies are great but for me the crown of this set are the No 5,6,7. Apsolutely magnificent. Although I also have Karajan's early cycle (1963) and I have heard his 1977 cycles I think Bernstein is much better.
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22 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2000
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I was really surprised when I first listened to this Beethoven cycle because I thought I was not sitting in a theater in Vienna but Broadway. Anyway, it's not a really bad choice if you want to try something different after enjoying too many Beethoven's Symphony cycles. However, it would be better to try Bohm/Wiener Philharmoniker, Karajan/Berliner Philharmoniker, Szell/Cleveland, Masur/Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Klemperer/Philharmonia, Solti/Chicago Symphony or Haitink/Concertgebouw Amsterdam first.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A photographer VINE VOICE on January 9, 2006
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I have the Karajan 1960's Beethoven cycle as well as the more recent Harnoncourt cycle. They are both excellent and enjoyable. I also have several recordings each of all the individual Beethoven symphonies. All have their strong points and some single symphony recordings are stronger than some of the individual symphonies from Bernstein's Vienna cycle. But, as a whole, this complete set of symphonies remains my favorite. If you're not into Bernstein, you will not favor these recordings. If you are a Lenny fan, like I am, you will love this set.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. McCuistion on May 19, 2007
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This is, without a doubt, one man's interpretation of Beethoven's nine symphonies. But when that one man is Leonard Bernstein, you're in good hands. The Vienna Philharmonic sounds rich and engaged (if wind-heavy), and are obviously willing to follow Bernstein wherever he takes them.

The addition of a disk's-worth of overtures only sweetens the deal. This might not be your reference set of the symphonies, but it is a striking alternate look at some classic scores.
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