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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
     

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies

by Riccardo Muti
 
This cycle of the nine symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven was recorded in the 1980s, when Riccardo Muti had taken on the responsibilities of conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, following the long tenure of Eugene Ormandy. In keeping with this venerable institution, and with the mid-20th century fashion of playing Beethoven

Overview

This cycle of the nine symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven was recorded in the 1980s, when Riccardo Muti had taken on the responsibilities of conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, following the long tenure of Eugene Ormandy. In keeping with this venerable institution, and with the mid-20th century fashion of playing Beethoven with a fairly homogenized sound and conservative tempos, Muti delivers solid, sometimes dramatic, but safe performances that comport with the conventional approach of the time. Muti also uses, though to a limited degree, the heavy string sound that Ormandy had cultivated, so the Philadelphians give the symphonies a fairly thick texture that, to many listeners, may seem murky in retrospect, after hearing many historically informed performances from streamlined ensembles with more authentic period tone colors. This reissued set from Warner Classics is a repackaging of the recordings first issued by EMI, then released as budget CDs on the Seraphim label, so it is a convenient reference set for study purposes. But because there are many exceptional sets that offer greater interpretations and superior sound, even among older mainstream performances, this package is mainly of interest to students of Muti's career.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2014
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646278299
catalogNumber:
627829
Rank:
18773

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125
  2. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
  3. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
  4. Leonore Overture No. 3 in C major, Op. 72b
  5. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68
  6. Die Weihe des Hauses (Consecration of the House), overture for orchestra, Op. 124
  7. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55
  8. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
  9. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
  10. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

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