Beethoven for All: Music of Power, Passion and Beauty

Beethoven for All: Music of Power, Passion and Beauty

by Daniel Barenboim
     
 

Repackaging Beethoven series recordings into an introductory album for newcomers to classical music is something that happens often, but this release featuring Argentine-Israeli-Spanish-Palestinian conductor Daniel Barenboim is not exactly typical of the genre. It consists of excerpts from Barenboim recordings made with two differentSee more details below

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Repackaging Beethoven series recordings into an introductory album for newcomers to classical music is something that happens often, but this release featuring Argentine-Israeli-Spanish-Palestinian conductor Daniel Barenboim is not exactly typical of the genre. It consists of excerpts from Barenboim recordings made with two different orchestras, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Berlin. With the former he plays movements from Beethoven's symphonies; with the latter he is soloist in movements from Beethoven's concertos for piano and orchestra; he also plays movements of several famous Beethoven piano sonatas on his own. The selections are all Beethoven favorites, and it's hard to quarrel with the program, although be aware that many recordings of this kind present at least one whole work straight through; here all you get are excerpts. The drawing card here is Barenboim himself, one of the very few artists equally distinguished as a pianist and conductor, and likewise one of the few with the idealistic, broadly communicative vision that draws new listeners to the classics. The other forces involved are less successful. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, named for a book of poetry by Goethe on Islamic and Orientalist themes, is a youth group featuring musicians from around the Mediterranean basin, including both Israel and the Palestinian Territories. They're quite something to see in person, and Barenboim gets enthusiastic performances out of them, but for the usual demonstration of what Beethoven's orchestral music is like, they don't quite fill the bill, nor fit with the Staatskapelle Berlin. Still, there's a positive X factor here, based on the basic connection between Barenboim's aims as a musician and the universalist themes in Beethoven's own music. This perhaps shouldn't be your only introduction to Beethoven, but as one of a group it could play an unusual role.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2012
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947835134
catalogNumber:
001687102

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: 4. Presto: O Freunde, nicht diese Töne! - Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Waltraud Meier  - Peter Seiffert  - Niall O'Rourke  -  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra  -  Vokalensemble Kölner Dom  - Anna Samuil  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Wolfgang Koch  - Evan Clark
  2. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Niall O'Rourke  -  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 2. Largo  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Daniel Barenboim  -  Staatskapelle Berlin  - Niall O'Rourke  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  4. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Niall O'Rourke  -  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  5. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Niall O'Rourke  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  6. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 2. Allegretto scherzando  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Niall O'Rourke  -  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  7. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Niall O'Rourke  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  8. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: 3. Rondo: Vivace  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Daniel Barenboim  -  Staatskapelle Berlin  - Niall O'Rourke  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  9. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 3. Rondo: Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Daniel Barenboim  -  Staatskapelle Berlin  - Niall O'Rourke  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  10. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 1. Allegro ma non troppo  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Niall O'Rourke  -  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  11. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57: 1. Allegro assai - Più allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Niall O'Rourke  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  12. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: 3. Rondo: Allegro scherzando  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Daniel Barenboim  -  Staatskapelle Berlin  - Niall O'Rourke  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  13. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio un poco mosso  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Daniel Barenboim  -  Staatskapelle Berlin  - Niall O'Rourke  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  14. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Niall O'Rourke  -  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark
  15. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Niall O'Rourke  -  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Evan Clark

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