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Symphonies 1-9 Box set

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Adagio Molto-Allegro Con Brio
  2. Larghetto
  3. Scherzo: Allegro
  4. Allegro Molto
  5. Allegro Con Brio
  6. Andante Con Moto
  7. Scherzo
  8. Allegro

Disc: 2

  1. Adagio Molto-Allegro Con Brio
  2. Andante Cantabile Con Moto
  3. Meneutto: Allegro Molto E Vivace
  4. Adagio-Allegro Molto Vivace
  5. Allegro Con Brio
  6. Marcia Funebre: Adagio Assai
  7. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace
  8. Finale: Allegro Molto

Disc: 3

  1. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo (Cheerful Feelings Arriving In The Countryside)
  2. Andante Molto Moto (Scene By The Brook)
  3. Allegro (Happy Gathering Of Villagers)
  4. Allegro (Thunder-storm)
  5. Allegretto (Shepherd's Song: Feeling Of Thankfulness After The Storm)
  6. Adagio-Allegro Vivace
  7. Adagio
  8. Allegro Vivace-Trio Un Poco Meno Allegro-Tempo I-Un Poco Meno Allegro-Tempo I
  9. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo

Disc: 4

  1. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco Maestoso
  2. Molto Vivace
  3. Adagio Molto E Cantabile-Andante Moderato
  4. Presto-Recitative-Allegro Assai
  5. Allegro Assai Vivace, Alla Marcia

Disc: 5

  1. Poco Sostenuto-Vivace
  2. Allegretto
  3. Scherzo
  4. Allegro Con Brio
  5. Allegro Vivace E Con Brio
  6. Allegretto Scherzando
  7. Tempo Di Menuetto
  8. Allegro Vivace


Product Details

  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (November 21, 2006)
  • 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: Naxos Box Sets
  • ASIN: B000IY062K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Just having lauded the greatness of Liszt in transforming the greatest of music into redefining piano works, and the greatness of Katsaris's relisation of the same, it is interesting to revisit Scherbakov's accomplished, more taut, but far less imposing and memorable cycle. Although the golden era of romantic pianism is not absent, it is mostly kept safely in the background, regrettably giving way to the post-period-performance ideal that has largely ruled the Beethoven Symphonies cycles of the past decade.

Hence, it comes as no surprise that Scherbakov is most successful in the 'lighter' symphonies--especially the Second and, again, as with Katsaris, the Fourth that may be Liszt's single most idiomatic orchestral transcription. However, in the revolutionary romantic odd-numbered symphonies, Scherbakov's results are typically light, clipped and emotionally underwhelming in the HIP manner.

All the same, Scherbakov's technical achievement is very impressive, not far behind that of Katsaris, whereas Naxos's sonics are clearly preferable to Teldec's. Since Liszt's inimitable transcriptions deserve a significantly greater audience, Scherbakov does offer a viable--and indeed chronistically 'correct', as it were--alternative to Katsaris's romantically opulent reference cycle. In several aspects, it is fair to say that Scherbakov's piano cycle largely resembles Vänskä's orchestral ditto.

REFERENCE: Katsaris
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Liszt's task was enormously difficult to reduce all nine of Beethoven's Symphonies to the level of a single piano and to make this possible for just ten fingers. Absolutely amazing! To make the piano sound as an orchestra would be an illusion and unreachable for any other composer. Not Liszt, he consciously made wonderful, brilliant piano pieces out of Beethoven's Symphonies. Another aspect to mention is Liszt's obvious admiration and respect for the works. He did not change or add anything in the compositions, on the opposite, he just accommodated the symphonic structure within the limitations of the piano, with his unmistakable sense for perfection. To me, that is what Liszt is known for, making the impossible sound like the inevitable.
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By KR on March 20, 2008
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If you like Beethoven, and you enjoy piano music, then this is for you. These symphonies are not some piano reduction, but transcriptions by Liszt. It is amazing that one man/ten fingers can sound so much like the full orchestra. When I first came across these, I thought they would be an oddity that I would be amused by, and then never listen to again. Not so. I return to my favorite symphonies often. (The quality of the recording is excellent as well.)

By the way, if you don't want to spring for the full set, there are individual CD's of these transcriptions as well.

Enjoy!
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