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Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

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Gramophone - Richard Osborne
The playing of the Russian National Orchestra -- a vibrant young ensemble blessed with a smattering of older, wiser heads -- has relish and impulse, with secure bass-lines and transparent textures.
Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
1/2 Few Beethoven cycles have so much to say, or so earnestly shake these symphonies out of their routine.
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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Richard Osborne
The playing of the Russian National Orchestra -- a vibrant young ensemble blessed with a smattering of older, wiser heads -- has relish and impulse, with secure bass-lines and transparent textures.
Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
1/2 Few Beethoven cycles have so much to say, or so earnestly shake these symphonies out of their routine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947764090
  • Catalog Number: 000966502
  • Sales rank: 109,957

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Mikhail Pletnev (27:02)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Mikhail Pletnev (49:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Mikhail Pletnev (31:18)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Mikhail Pletnev (38:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Mikhail Pletnev (31:09)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Mikhail Pletnev (33:04)
Disc 4
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Mikhail Pletnev (37:05)
  2. 6–9 Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Mikhail Pletnev (25:38)
Disc 5
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Matthias Goerne (62:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mikhail Pletnev Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deeply disappointing

    When I saw this on offer, I immediately snapped it up. Knowing Pletnev's musicianship from his many piano recordings and his conducting of the Russian National Orchestra, which he helped found, in the symphonies of Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I expected strong, well thought-out performances without excess histrionics, but with a deep understanding of the music. I regret to say, I was very wrong. Not since Mengelberg have I heard so many un-notated ritardandos, rhetorical pauses, and general hauling about of Beethoven's tempi and dynamics. At least the great majority of Mengelberg's distortions had a musical point to make. Not so with Pletnev. Just when a point is reached where one should press on, he stops, slows down, ruminates. In many of Beethoven's fast movements he is so fast that rhythmic detail is a blur, not the fault of the orchestra, who follow with amazing virtuosity his bizarre direction. If you wish to sample, get one symphony on iTunes to see if this is your idea of Beethoven. I'm willing to bet it isn't. There is a certain fascination with the sheer perversity of Pletnev's misplaced emphases, but not enough to justify the expenditure. 'Nuff said.

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