Beethoven: Complete Symphonies

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Recorded between 1985 and 1988, Riccardo Muti's cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven's symphonies offers mainstream interpretations that will satisfy most listeners' needs. The Philadelphia Orchestra is not as lush as it was in its heyday under Eugene Ormandy, because Muti is mindful of the essential Classical nature of these works. While he doesn't strive for a period sound, but uses modern instruments and conducts a full orchestra, his Beethoven is far from old-fashioned or stodgy. The listener who seeks an intelligent, coherent Beethoven set that meets expectations of great technical playing, accurate and expressive performances, and superb sound quality will be quite happy...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Recorded between 1985 and 1988, Riccardo Muti's cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven's symphonies offers mainstream interpretations that will satisfy most listeners' needs. The Philadelphia Orchestra is not as lush as it was in its heyday under Eugene Ormandy, because Muti is mindful of the essential Classical nature of these works. While he doesn't strive for a period sound, but uses modern instruments and conducts a full orchestra, his Beethoven is far from old-fashioned or stodgy. The listener who seeks an intelligent, coherent Beethoven set that meets expectations of great technical playing, accurate and expressive performances, and superb sound quality will be quite happy with this one and will not have to worry unduly about issues of historical authenticity. Muti takes repeats, follows conventional tempos, adheres to what's on the printed page, and makes no idiosyncratic changes or edits, so his Beethoven is uncontroversial and all the better for it. Included as rather spectacular filler is Muti's 1977 recording with Sviatoslav Richter of the "Piano Concerto No. 3," accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the "Leonore Overture No. 3," the "Fidelio Overture," and "The Consecration of the House Overture," all with the Philadelphians. Bearing in mind that these are early digital recordings with the exception of the Richter performance, which is analog, the sound is excellent for its time and quite warm and vibrant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099909794627
  • Catalog Number: 97946
  • Sales rank: 83,292

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (25:57)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (51:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (34:10)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (33:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (32:50)
  2. 5–9 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (45:31)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (40:46)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (24:48)
Disc 5
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Westminster Cathedral Choir (71:52)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Leonore Overture No. 3 in C major, Op. 72b - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (14:02)
  2. 2 Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (6:51)
  3. 3 Die Weihe des Hauses (Consecration of the House), overture for orchestra, Op. 124 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (10:12)
  4. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Ludwig van Beethoven (37:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Riccardo Muti Primary Artist
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