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Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies / Maag, Padua and Veneto Orch

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Audio CD, Box set, November 19, 1996

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These are the first recordings of Beethoven's symphonies by a distinguished Swiss conductor, working with an obscure and relatively small Italian orchestra. It's surprising on several counts. The smallness of the orchestra is sometimes a minor handicap, not in its impact, but in the way the winds often overbalance the strings. More commonly these days, we lose details in the wind parts, so the change in perspective can be refreshing. Also, the interpretations are all distinguished, among the better conceptions of the music currently available. And the playing of the orchestra is quite splendid, very well executed and coordinated throughout. These may not be perfect recordings, but then, neither is any of the others. And every performance has a point of view, an interpretive stance that makes sense. The discs are also available individually (and you will find more detailed reviews of the individual discs), but the price for the complete set is considerably lower. --Leslie Gerber

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 'Choral': I Allegro ma non troppo un poco maestoso
  2. Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 'Choral': II Molto vivace
  3. Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 'Choral': III Adagio molto cantabile - Andate moderato
  4. Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 'Choral': IV Presto - Allegro assai

Disc: 2

  1. Symphony No. 5 Op. 67 In C Minor: I Allegro con brio
  2. Symphony No. 5 Op. 67 In C Minor: II Andante con moto
  3. Symphony No. 5 Op. 67 In C Minor: III Allegro
  4. Symphony No. 5 Op. 67 In C Minor: IV Allegro
  5. Symphony No. 6 Op. 68 'Pastorale' In F Major: I Allegro ma non troppo
  6. Symphony No. 6 Op. 68 'Pastorale' In F Major: II Andante molto mosso
  7. Symphony No. 6 Op. 68 'Pastorale' In F Major: III Allegro
  8. Symphony No. 6 Op. 68 'Pastorale' In F Major: IV Allegro
  9. Symphony No. 6 Op. 68 'Pastorale' In F Major: V Allegretto

Disc: 3

  1. Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 'Eroica': I Allegro con brio
  2. Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 'Eroica': II Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
  3. Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 'Eroica': III Scherzo: Allegro vivace
  4. Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 'Eroica': IV Finale: Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto
  5. Symphony No. 1 Op. 21: I Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
  6. Symphony No. 1 Op. 21: II Andante cantabile con moto
  7. Symphony No. 1 Op. 21: III Minuetto - Allegro molto e vivace
  8. Symphony No. 1 Op. 21: V Finale: Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace

Disc: 4

  1. Symphony No. 7 Op. 92: I Poco sostenuto - Vivace
  2. Symphony No. 7 Op. 92: II Allegretto
  3. Symphony No. 7 Op. 92: III Presto
  4. Symphony No. 7 Op. 92: IV Allegro con brio
  5. Symphony No. 8 Op. 93: I Allegro vivace con brio
  6. Symphony No. 8 Op. 93: II Allegretto scherzando
  7. Symphony No. 8 Op. 93: III Minuetto
  8. Symphony No. 8 Op. 93: IV Allegro vivace

Disc: 5

  1. Symphony No. 2 Op. 36: I Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
  2. Symphony No. 2 Op. 36: II Larghetto
  3. Symphony No. 2 Op. 36: III Scherzo
  4. Symphony No. 2 Op. 36: IV Allegro molto
  5. Symphony No. 4 Op. 60: I Adagio - Allegro vivace
  6. Symphony No. 4 Op. 60: II Adagio
  7. Symphony No. 4 Op. 60: III Allegro vivace
  8. Symphony No. 4 Op. 60: IV Allegro ma non troppo


Product details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • 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: Arts Music
  • ASIN: B000005AR9
  • Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars7 customer ratings
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