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Beethoven – The Nine Symphonies

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Catalogue numberBIS-1825 SACD
Release date2009-09-10
Discs5
Orig. sample rate44100Hz / 88200Hz (Disc 4)
Total time353:16

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“...he (Vänskä) has established a sense of partnership with a first-rate orchestra and secures urgent and incisive playing. ...the set is a superb achievement...” BBC Music Magazine, 09/2014;

The very first instalment, released in December 2004, caused the reviewer in International Record Review to state that ‘Vänskä's Beethoven looks set to be a front-runner among the historically unprejudiced cycles now available.’ After that each new release in Osmo Vänskä’s cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Minnesota Orchestra has been treated as an occasion in the international music press; reviewers one by one discovering ‘one of the finest performances of the Funeral March ever recorded’, ‘a Pastoral of uncommon beauty’, ‘an Eighth of reference quality’ and a Ninth to ‘rank alongside the finest of any era’. The fifth and final disc – with ‘a Seventh that just may top them all’ according to one review – was released in 2008, and caused reviewers to start doing their sums. Among representative comments are the following: ‘a Beethoven cycle that stands with Barenboim's as a modern reference edition’ (ClassicsToday.com), ‘a Beethoven reforged for today's world’ (Gramophone), and ‘a magnificent traversal that seems very much of and for our own time’ (American Record Guide). A constantly praised feature of the series has been the sound quality, in both stereo and surround sound formats. About the first disc the reviewer on website klassik.com remarked that ‘one can hardly hope to hear such a many-layered sound until the next BIS release of Beethoven’s Symphonies - except for in concert’, while his colleague on ClassicsToday.com described the final instalment as having ‘brilliantly engineered, utterly natural sonics in all formats’ (ClassicsToday.com). The review in Fanfare sums it up: ‘Vänskä's is the preferred SACD traversal, and one of the most desirable in any format.’ Some of the greatest music ever, in electrifying performances and state-of-the-art recordings, is now available as a boxed set in full SACD / Surround Sound glory. And at a highly competitive price it even includes comprehensive liner notes by Beethoven expert Barry Cooper.
 
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Extra material for download
 
 
Disc 1
 
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 25:34
01 I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio 08:32 $ 0.90 USD
02 II. Andante cantabile con moto 07:49 $ 0.82 USD
03 III. Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace 03:35 $ 0.38 USD
04 IV. Finale. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace 05:38 $ 0.59 USD
 
  Symphony No. 6 in F major, ‘Pastoral’, Op. 68 41:18
05 I. Angenehme, heitere Empfindungen 11:26 $ 1.20 USD
06 II. Szene am Bach. Andante molto moto 11:58 $ 1.26 USD
07 III. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute. Allegro – 05:13 $ 0.55 USD
08 IV. Donner. Sturm. Allegro – 03:38 $ 0.38 USD
09 V. Hirtengesang. Allegretto 09:03 $ 0.95 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 33:03
01 I. Adagio – Allegro con brio 12:20 $ 1.30 USD
02 II. Larghetto 10:35 $ 1.11 USD
03 III. Allegro 03:46 $ 0.40 USD
04 IV. Allegro molto 06:22 $ 0.67 USD
 
  Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 41:13
05 I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace 13:55 $ 1.46 USD
06 II. Allegretto 08:37 $ 0.90 USD
07 III. Presto 09:56 $ 1.04 USD
08 IV. Allegro con brio 08:45 $ 0.92 USD
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, ‘Eroica’, Op. 55 49:39
01 I. Allegro con brio 16:58 $ 1.78 USD
02 II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai 15:07 $ 1.59 USD
03 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace 05:56 $ 0.62 USD
04 IV. Finale. Allegro molto – Poco andante – Presto 11:38 $ 1.22 USD
 
  Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 29:16
05 I. Allegro vivace e con brio 09:06 $ 0.96 USD
06 II. Allegretto scherzando 04:05 $ 0.43 USD
07 III. Tempo di Menuetto 08:48 $ 0.92 USD
08 IV. Allegro vivace 07:17 $ 0.76 USD
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 33:27
01 I. Adagio – Allegro vivace 11:20 $ 1.19 USD
02 II. Adagio 09:31 $ 1.00 USD
03 III. Allegro molto e vivace – Un poco meno allegro 05:59 $ 0.63 USD
04 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 06:37 $ 0.69 USD
 
  Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 32:25
05 I. Allegro con brio 07:32 $ 0.79 USD
06 II. Andante con moto 09:31 $ 1.00 USD
07 III. Allegro 04:44 $ 0.50 USD
08 IV. Allegro 10:38 $ 1.12 USD
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Symphony No. 9 in D minor, ‘Choral’, Op. 125 64:48
01 I. Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso 14:45 $ 1.55 USD
02 II. Molto vivace – Presto 13:26 $ 1.41 USD
03 III. Adagio molto e cantabile – Andante cantabile 14:08 $ 1.48 USD
04 IV. Presto – Allegro assai – Presto 22:29 $ 2.36 USD
 
  Album total 353:16
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra
ConductorVänskä, Osmo
SopranoJuntunen, Helena
Mezzo-sopranoKarnéus, Katarina
TenorNorman, Daniel
Bass-baritoneDavies, Neal
ChoirMinnesota Chorale

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