Beethoven Complete Symphonies, Concertos, Overtures Box Set

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Cat No:
8501204
Barcode:
730099120449
Format:
CD12
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Released:
01 - 04 - 2013
Price:
$54.95
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AVAILABLE
 
 

Beethoven Complete Symphonies, Concertos, Overtures Box Set

Various Artists

Beethoven Symphonies Nos 1-9, Piano Concertos Nos 1-5, Triple Concerto, Violin Concerto, Choral Fantasy, Romances, Overtures. Ludwig van Beethoven is widely credited with singlehandedly changing the course of Western music history and laying the foundations for the Romantic era. His nine symphonies grew out of the forms established by Mozart and Haydn, but show a remarkable evolution which embraces heroic grandeur in the Third Symphony, innovation in the Fifth Symphony, countryside imagery and narrative in the Sixth Symphony, and choral inspiration in the Ninth Symphony, the 'Ode to Joy' from which has become the Anthem for Europe. Even the headstrong Beethoven couldn't entirely escape the influence of his older contemporaries Haydn and Mozart, and this lineage can be traced in the melodic grace to be found in the symphonies as well as the concertos. Imposing in their stature, the five Piano Concertos are filled with lively inventiveness as well as some of the most beautiful music ever to emerge from this genre. Beethoven's single work in the popular symphonie concertante form is the Triple Concerto, but it is the distinctive nobility of the Violin Concerto which has seen it gain an unassailable position as one of the greatest works in the repertoire. Beethoven considered music 'a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy' (hence his status as the 'godfather' of Romanticism, which embraced and extended this highly expressive and individualistic approach), with greatness of conception and painstaking craftsmanship his hallmarks. The Overtures are no exception in this, reflecting the drama and excitement of the theatre and including the opening of his only opera Fidelio.

CD 1 - Beethoven Symphony No 1 in C major Op 21, Symphony No 6 in F major Op 68 'Pastoral' (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Bela Drahos, conductor)

CD 2 - Beethoven Symphony No 2 in D major Op 36, Symphony No 5 in C minor Op 67 (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Bela Drahos, conductor)

CD 3 - Beethoven Symphony No 3 in E-flat major Op 55 'Eroica', Symphony No 8 in F major Op 93 (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Bela Drahos, conductor)

CD 4 - Beethoven Symphony No 4 in B-flat major Op 60, Symphony No 7 in A major Op 92 (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Bela Drahos, conductor)

CD 5 - Symphony No 9 in D minor Op 125 'Choral' (Hasmik Papian, soprano, Ruxandra Donose, mezzo-soprano, Manfred Fink, tenor, Claudio Otelli, bass-baritone, Nicolaus Esterhazy Chorus, Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Bela Drahos, conductor)

CD 6 - Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1 in C major Op 15, Rondo in B-flat major WoO 6, Fantasia in C minor Op 80 'Choral Fantasy' (Stefan Vladar, piano, Capella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth, conductor, Leon McCawley, piano, Claire Rutter, soprano, Matilde Wallevik, mezzo-soprano, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, mezzo-soprano, Peter Hoare, tenor, Julian Davies, tenor, Stephen Gadd, baritone, City of London Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor)

CD 7 - Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat major Op 19, Piano Concerto No 5 in E-flat major Op 73 'Emperor' (Stefan Vladar, piano, Capella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth, conductor)

CD 8 - Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op 37, Piano Concerto No 4 in G major Op 58 (Stefan Vladar, piano, Capella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth, conductor)

CD 9 - Beethoven Piano Concerto in D major Op 61a (arrangement of Violin concerto), Triple Concerto in C major Op 56 (Jeno Jando, piano, Dong-Suk Kang, violin, Maria Kliegel, cello, Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Bela Drahos, conductor)

CD 10 - Beethoven Fidelio Op 72 - Overture, Die Geschopfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus) Op 43 - Overture, Overture to Collin's Coriolan Op 62 'Coriolan Overture', Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens) Op 113 - Overture, Egmont Op 84 - Overture, Overture in C major 'The Consecration of the House' Op 124, Leonore Overture No 3 Op 72b (Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor)

CD 11 - Beethoven Overture in C major Op 115 'Namensfeier' (Name Day Celebration), Leonore Overture No 1 in C major Op 138, Leonore Overture No 2 Op 72a, Konig Stephan (King Stephen) Op 117 - Overture, Ritterballett WoO 1, Leonore Prohaska WoO 96 - No 4 Funeral March, Triumphal March for Tarpeja WoO 2a (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Bela Drahos, conductor)

CD 12 - Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major Op 61, Romance No 1 in G major Op 40, Romance No 2 in F major Op 50 (Takako Nishizaki, violin, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Kenneth Jean, conductor)

Running Time: 13 hr 44 min