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Chamber Music for Winds [Box set]

L.V. Beethoven Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 20, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Cpo Records
  • ASIN: B00000JMZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: Adagio
2. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: Allegro con brio
3. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: Adagio cantabile
4. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: Tempo di Menuetto
5. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c: Overture
2. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Mir ist so wunderbar
3. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: March
4. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben
5. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Prisoner's Chorus, O welche Lust, in freier Luft
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103
2. Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103
3. Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103
4. Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103
5. Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103
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Disc: 4
1. Sextet for 2 clarinets, 2 horns & 2 bassoons in E flat major, Op. 71: Adagio - Allegro
2. Sextet for 2 clarinets, 2 horns & 2 bassoons in E flat major, Op. 71: Adagio
3. Sextet for 2 clarinets, 2 horns & 2 bassoons in E flat major, Op. 71: Menuetto, Quasi Allegretto
4. Sextet for 2 clarinets, 2 horns & 2 bassoons in E flat major, Op. 71: Rondo, Allegro
5. March for wind ensemble in B flat major, WoO 29
See all 10 tracks on this disc

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven's complete music for wind ensemble January 12, 2006
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It might be hard to believe that the same composer who wrote such monumental and daunting works as the Fifth Symphony, the Hammerklavier piano sonata or the late string quartets also wrote such light and airy tunes like the duet for two flutes (WoO 26) featured in this 4-CD collection. Indeed, such light, galante music was written early in Beethoven's career in Bonn or his early years in Vienna (1794-1800) where he established himself as a serious new composer to watch. In fact, the wind Octet (Op. 103) was composed as "pleasant dinner music" for the Elector of Bonn who had a prized wind ensemble (high opus number but early work). But, after composing many of these delightful pieces, Beethoven never returned to them and focused on more substantial compositions for symphony, string trio and quartet and, of course, the latest, most fashionable instrument to arrive in Vienna - the pianoforte. The rest is history.

The influence of Mozart is clearly evident in these works for wind ensemble with their charm and untroubled qualities. Yet, with these well-crafted works, even the great Beethoven could not quite achieve the wonderous sonorities, transcendent sublimity and luminescent beauty of Mozart's wind serenades (such as #10 'Grand Partita'). But, Beethoven's early wind compositions clearly reveal a talented, young composer who could easily model the style and form of his peers (Haydn and Mozart) and produce music of universal appeal.

If you are looking for a complete set of Beethoven's early (divertimento) music for wind ensemble (wind only, no strings), then this is a fine set and reasonably priced. Both Penguin and Third Ear guides gave high ratings to this recommended set. Highlights would include the Sextet Op. 71 and the Octet Op.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best available July 26, 2001
Klocker and his fine team give us a refreshing rendition of these negleted gems. Recommended without reservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has been one of my favorites for 8 years March 29, 2012
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I bought this CD in 2004 after borrowing it from a library in at college -- I used it for music to listen to while reading or studying. I was so captured by it that I immediately ordered the box set. I have listened to classical music my entire life, and this is one of the most PLEASANT recordings that I own. I have listened to these recordings hundreds of times for the past 8 years; nothing else in my library comes close to getting as much play time as this music does. It is whimsical, beautiful, light, airy, perfectly recorded, artfully presented, and thoughtfully ordered. This is just a wonderful recording that I recommend anyone own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB! October 4, 2007
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Wonderful music making. The ever-insightful Paul Twitchell wrote that the woodwinds are aligned or "tuned" with one of the very high spiritual heavens, well beyond the astral, mental or even etheric "planes." Hartman and friends seem to give this idea validity as we listen in joy. Beethoven is the man!
---PS - There's not a bad cut in this whole set. Unusual!!! Good to see LVB's other side. This music actually is happy-making. A rare thing! Also check Mozart: k. 138, k. 297b, k. 239!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could turn people into Beethoven fans August 24, 2012
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Beethoven's music has always been okay with me, but I don't go out of my way to buy his music. However, I am interested in harmoniemusik--wind band music from circa 1775 to 1825. So I bought this album and encountered all sorts of interesting Beethoven music, to the extent that I wish he'd written more of it!

So the music itself is great, but the performances are also spectacular.
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