Beethoven: Nine Symphonies, Overtures

Beethoven: Nine Symphonies, Overtures

by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
     
 

This box set includes Herbert von Karajan's fourth and last complete cycle of the Beethoven symphonies, recorded between 1982 and '85. His cycles from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s are also available.See more details below

Overview

This box set includes Herbert von Karajan's fourth and last complete cycle of the Beethoven symphonies, recorded between 1982 and '85. His cycles from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s are also available.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Herbert von Karajan's 1984 set of Ludwig van Beethoven's nine symphonies was the fourth complete set he had recorded, and its reception among critics was mixed. Usually ranked below Karajan's famous 1962-1963 set, to which many listeners give top honors among all recordings of Beethoven symphonies, this late cycle has a bright and incisive orchestral sound and seems to have a nervous edge, but because the tempos are in many instances slower and the pacing is variable, it lacked the urgency and excitement of the earlier performances. By the time of this recording, Karajan was long regarded as a legend, and he was highly respected in his relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic, if not openly revered, so the playing is first-rate and the conductor was able to get anything he asked from his players. Even so, these performances have won relatively few admirers among his fans. The performances were digitally recorded and Deutsche Grammophon's sound has a shallow surface quality common to early digital recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1993
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028943920025
catalogNumber:
439200
Rank:
92556

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  2. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  3. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  4. Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  5. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  6. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  7. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  8. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  9. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  10. Coriolan Overture, Op. 62  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  11. Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  12. Leonore Overture No. 2 in C major, Op. 72a  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Werner Koberstein  - Peter Schuppe
  13. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Herbert von Karajan  -  José van Dam  - Agnes Baltsa  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Janet Perry  - Vinson Cole  - Peter Schuppe  - Werner Koberstein

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