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Symphonies 3 & 9

Bohm , Vienna Philharmonic Orch. Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 - ''Eroica'' - 1. Allegro Con BrioKarl Böhm14:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 - ''Eroica'' - 2. Marcia Funebre (Adagio Assai)Karl Böhm16:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 - ''Eroica'' - 3. Scherzo (Allegro Vivace)Karl Böhm 6:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 - ''Eroica'' - 4. Finale (Allegro Molto)Karl Böhm12:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Music To Goethe's Tragedy ''Egmont'' Op.84Karl Böhm 9:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Overture "Coriolan", Op.62Karl Böhm 8:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Creatures Of Prometheus, Op.43Karl Böhm 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco MaestosoKarl Böhm16:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 2. Molto VivaceKarl Böhm12:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 3. Adagio Molto E CantabileKarl Böhm16:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 4. Presto - Allegro AssaiKarl Böhm 6:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - ''Choral'' - 4. Presto - ''O Freunde Nicht Diese Töne''Karl Ridderbusch20:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 1995)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GHL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This is one of the greatest recordings of the famous Ninth Symphony. It has long been overshadowed by Karajan's three recordings for the same label, as well as Bernstein's version with the same orchestra. But put them all on your CD player and compare, and this is the one you'll be coming back to. Böhm was the least glamorous of conductors, but he approaches the Ninth with messianic zeal and a fanatical gleam in his eye. The opening movement is a cataclysm, the sublime slow movement never loses its contemplative flow, and everyone involved simply sings and plays the pants off of the finale. If the final minute or two doesn't pull you right out of your seat, nothing will. Grab it while you can at this "twofer" price. It's a steal. --David Hurwitz

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ninth, but... July 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I really adore Bohm as a great conductor of Mozart, but I was somewhat suspect of his Beethoven. In my opinion, Beethoven works best at fast tempos, and Bohm is notorious for his rather moderate to slow tempos. I picked up this CD from amazon just a few months ago based on the reviews that it had gotten. Other Bohm/Beethoven CDs that I owned were somewhat of a debacle, with some outrageously slow tempos during moments that should have been played quickly. Still, I bought this 2-CD set, and when it arrived I put on the ninth first. I was rather surprised at the marvelous job Bohm did with this symphony. His moderate tempo and expressive performance is somewhat reminiscent of Furtwangler's great performance. It turned out that it was one of the better ninths in my collection(I still prefer Karajan's recording from his first Beethoven cycle). Next I put on the Third and the overtures, and found that these were even better. Bohm brings out many of the great romantic aspects of this revolutionary and heroic symphony. He also does a great job with the overtures. However, there are some flaws which prevent me from giving this CD 5 stars. First of all, I've heard better singers in the final movement of the Ninth. Second, despite the fact that the more moderate tempos work very well, I still believe the faster tempos work the best, and though this performance is thoroughly enjoyable, I must still choose Karajan's versions as my personal references for beethoven's ninth and third. Lastly, the sound quality isn't too great. I've heard older recordings than this one with clearer and louder sound. Deutsche Grammophon could have done a better job with remastering these discs to improve the sound quality. Overall though, the performances are solid and very enjoyable. This 2-cd set should be a welcome addition to anybody's classical collection.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two, two, two great performances in one! July 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I don't know why everyone is fussing about this performance of the Third. It's the equal of most I've heard, and a darn sight better than many.
The Ninth, however, seems to be the performance everyone is buying this 2-CD set for, and there is no doubt it's a special one. The singing does seem a bit too forwardly balanced in the finale, but that's just nitpicking. It is a highly emotional reading without any artificial "whipping up" of sentiment. This music was food, drink, and air to Bohm, and it's in the orchestra's very blood. And my god, what an orchestra!
While listening to Gardiner and his hell-bent-for-leather "authentic" kinsmen is like a shove into a bracingly cold pool, Bohm is like taking a measured stroll through a spectacular cathedral. Both approaches are enjoyable to me, and having heard both, I wouldn't want one without the other. Beethoven's music is too big to insist on any one "right" way to perform it.
Buy this CD for not just one, but TWO outstanding performances --and at budget price.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soon to be a lost treasure January 15, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While some criticism of Bohm's Beethoven Symphonies relate to his tempi being too slow, I nevertheless discovered that one of my biggest considerations in choosing a Beethoven conductor, (I do own others like Reiner, Hogwood, Toscanini), turned out to be over the timpani, not the tempo. I don't know about your ears, but I can't stand listening to Beethoven Symphonies by the supposed great conductors with out-of-tune musicians and timpani that sound like dead pots! Funny thing about this underrated conductor, Karl Bohm, his musicans are always in-tune and the timpani always resonate as an integral and balanced part of the orchestra and the score. Also important to me in choosing a conductor, Bohm consistently manages to bring a presence and sense of drama to these works that the so-called great conductors often fail to achieve. I'm not an expert, but maybe, that's the best part of his operatic skill coming through. P.S. Deutsche Gramophon no longer lists these Bohm recordings of the Beethoven cycle, as available.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
A great performance. I've gone through a number of recordings of Beethoven's ninth - on vinyl and CD. This one is my favorite; although recorded in 1972, the sound is clear. Bohm's tempos are right on; the orchestra is tight; the soloists sound pumped and the choir soars. The finale makes you jump! They really nailed it! You never feel like you're a passenger on a top-heavy ship in roiling seas - which is the feeling I've experienced listening to some other emotionally unbridled performances. I will never tire of listening to this CD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 'Eroica,' Classic Ninth July 20, 2009
By AJLee
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Bohm picks a moderate tempo for the 3rd Symphony, and this is typical Bohm performance: calculated, firm, and unsentimental. This 'Eroica' shares much of the grandeur found in Klemperer's version. However, ultimately Klemperer, with his marginally slower tempi but grittier execution, produces a more granitic and "heroic" sound that is more to my liking. While not the greatest, it is a very wonderful reading, and a fine example of 'Eroica' going (moderately) slow.

The features that make this Ninth classic are balance, poise, and intensity. I believe Bohm, here, has found the perfect balance between Classical grandeur and Romantic emotional sensitivity. The first mvmt. is slower than most versions, but the formidable sonority produced by Vienna Phil more than makes up for the lack of speed, and this is in fact the most intense 1st mvmt. I've heard. Incidentally, as Mr. Hurwitz has pointed out, the monstrous recapitulation in major key is superbly executed, with the trumpets resounding aggressively--almost terrifyingly so.

And I absolutely love how Bohm ignites the orchestra and chorus into white-hot intensity in the final Presto section and brings the whole piece to its highest emotional plateau. Again, allow me to compare Bohm to Klemperer. Similar to Bohm, Klemperer takes his time to brew up some impressive tension, but in the Presto he uses too much restrain, and as a result the joyous feeling doesn't soar quite like Bohm's.

Overall these are very emotionally complete versions of the 'Eroica' and Ninth, and prime examples of the "old-school", traditional Germanic approach to Beethoven.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 09-16-2014 Which of the 9 Symphonies was his best? My only music...
09-16-2014 Which of the 9 Symphonies was his best? My only music teacher was my Uncle Tom, a retired college US History professor from Notre Dame. Read more
Published 14 days ago by TONY L. ENGLETON C.N.M.T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Karl Böhm & The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra play Beethoven's...
I'm sure most of you will be interested in this set for the 9th, but let me tell you...their interpretation of the 3rd is fantastic.
Highly recommended for repeat plays! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent eroica, good Ninth
There are a number of really good recordings of Beethoven's Third Symphony, the "Eroica" -- Bernstein's with the NYPO, Jochum's with the Concertgebouw, Klemperer's with the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven and Karl Bohm
I did not find nothing special with symphony nine. But the eroica is really beautiful. I loved the tempo. I always prefere slow and late Karl Bohm gave me a strong pleasure.
Published 15 months ago by Luisfer
4.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding 3rd and an average 9th
This reading of the 9th has Slower tempi in each movement than I am normally used to hearing leading to more spatial clarity - instrument intonation and differentiation is... Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by Vikram Ramanathan
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
I think I can't really say anything about these two Beethoven performances by a conductor and an orchestra I decidedly admire but this: OK. Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by Music Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars A Matter of Taste
These are beautifully played but tame performances. Bohm, like Haitink, is a conductor who can somehow get away with this.

If you want stormy weather look elsewhere.
Published on September 15, 2006 by Scott Varland
5.0 out of 5 stars La mejor Eroica de todas!
he conocido numerosísimas versiones de la Eroica, todas destacadas: Karajan-Berlín/1962 (y también las posteriores), Klemperer-Philharmonia(1954),... Read more
Published on March 27, 2006 by oscarolavarria
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fine, but could have been so much better
The set presents Bohm at his best, but inadvertently illustrates what I always find so frustrating about his musicmaking. Read more
Published on October 8, 2005 by Derek Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfying "Eroica"...Very overrated Ninth
In my mind, the only thing that stands out in Karl Bohm's Ninth are the closing chords. There are some attractive moments but, for the most part, throughout virtually the entire... Read more
Published on January 7, 2004 by Jeffrey Lee
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