Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Beethoven's nine symphonies -- what can one say? The greatest body of orchestral works ever composed? Probably. The most performed body of orchestral works ever composed? Certainly. The most recorded body of orchestral works ever composed? Absolutely. Not only has virtually every conductor recorded a Beethoven cycle, some of them have gotten to record it multiple times: Abbado, Bernstein, Solti, Karajan, and Haitink, among others. What does this proliferation tell us? Usually nothing about the music that hasn't been heard before, but sometimes something about what the conductor thinks about the music. These performances with the London Symphony Orchestra recorded in 2005 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Beethoven's nine symphonies -- what can one say? The greatest body of orchestral works ever composed? Probably. The most performed body of orchestral works ever composed? Certainly. The most recorded body of orchestral works ever composed? Absolutely. Not only has virtually every conductor recorded a Beethoven cycle, some of them have gotten to record it multiple times: Abbado, Bernstein, Solti, Karajan, and Haitink, among others. What does this proliferation tell us? Usually nothing about the music that hasn't been heard before, but sometimes something about what the conductor thinks about the music. These performances with the London Symphony Orchestra recorded in 2005 and 2006 tell what Bernard Haitink thinks about the greatest body of orchestral works ever composed. And what does Haitink think? Pretty much nothing that hasn't been thought before. His tempos are neither too fast nor too slow, but straight down the moderato. His dynamics are neither too loud nor too quiet, but right in the mezzo. His textures are clear and lucid. His colors are blended and smooth. His interpretations are solid and sincere. But what does Haitink tell us about what he thinks about Beethoven's symphonies? Pretty much nothing except that he is an experienced conductor with a superb baton technique who keeps his opinions to himself. The London Symphony's playing is enthusiastic but too often ragged around the edges for comfort. LSO Live's recording is transparent but the perspective seems to shift from work to work -- sometimes the strings are too far away, other times the brass are too close.
Washington Post - Tim Page
Brilliant.... Haitink's Beethoven is generally swift, streamlined, objective, elemental; he phrases in broad strokes, without elaborate italicizing, and one is always aware of the music's pulse.... The London Symphony Orchestra is now probably not only the best orchestra England has ever had but one of the finest in the world -- marvelously blended, top to bottom, with lush and reflexive playing.
The New Yorker - Alex Ross
Among the most assured, idiomatic Beethoven cycles to have appeared since Karajan’s classic survey of the nineteen-sixties.
Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
[Haitink's] new recordings reveal a rich, affectionate view of Beethoven, conveyed by the LSO's usual breathtaking virtuosity.

Among the most assured, idiomatic Beethoven cycles to have appeared since Karajan’s classic survey of the nineteen-sixties.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Lso Live Uk
  • UPC: 822231159827
  • Catalog Number: 598
  • Sales rank: 247,634

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bernard Haitink (49:11)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byBernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1Allegro con brio
    2. 2Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
    3. 3Scherzo and Trio: Allegro vivace
    4. 4Finale: Allegro molto
  2. 5 Leonore Overture No. 2 in C major, Op. 72a - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bernard Haitink (15:00)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byBernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bernard Haitink (32:48)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byBernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1Adagio - Allegro vivace
    2. 2Adagio
    3. 3Allegro vivace
    4. 4Allegro ma non troppo
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bernard Haitink (24:48)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byBernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 5Allegro vivace e con brio
    2. 6Allegretto scherzando
    3. 7Tempo di menuetto
    4. 8Allegro vivace
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bernard Haitink (31:22)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byBernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1Allegro con brio
    2. 2Andante con moto
    3. 3Allegro
    4. 4Allegro
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bernard Haitink (25:35)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byBernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 5Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
    2. 6Andante cantabile con moto
    3. 7Menuetto & Trio: Allegro molto e vivace
    4. 8Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace
Disc 4
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bernard Haitink (41:32)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byBernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1Erwachen heiterer Gefühle bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande (Allegro ma non troppo)
    2. 2Szene am Bach (Andante molto mosso)
    3. 3Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
    4. 4Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
    5. 5Hirtengesang - Frohe, dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm (Allegretto)
  2. 6–9 Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bernard Haitink (34:25)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byBernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 6Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
    2. 7Larghetto
    3. 8Scherzo & Trio: Allegro
    4. 9Allegro molto
Disc 5
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bernard Haitink (38:40)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byBernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1Poco sostenuto - vivace
    2. 2Allegretto
    3. 3Presto
    4. 4Allegro con brio
  2. 5–7 Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major ("Triple Concerto"), Op. 56 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bernard Haitink (35:53)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byBernard Haitink, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 5Allegro
    2. 6Largo
    3. 7Rondo alla Polacca
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Gerald Finley (68:09)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byGerald Finley, Bernard Haitink, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, John MacMaster, Twyla Robinson, Karen Cargill
    1. 1Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
    2. 2Scherzo: Molto vivace
    3. 3Adagio molto e cantabile
    4. 4Presto - Allegro ma non troppo - Vivace - Adagio cantabile
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Performance Credits
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