Best Beethoven 100

Best Beethoven 100

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The trouble with anthology recordings of this kind is that at root, just as with any other kind of music, a great classical performance depends less on a set of abstract qualities of excellence than on a creative response to a given set of circumstances. That said, this six-disc outing does better than most with the particularly difficult problem of offering a… See more details below

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The trouble with anthology recordings of this kind is that at root, just as with any other kind of music, a great classical performance depends less on a set of abstract qualities of excellence than on a creative response to a given set of circumstances. That said, this six-disc outing does better than most with the particularly difficult problem of offering a reasonable sample of Beethoven's music. Britain's EMI label has a deep catalog of recordings under its control, and the set can reach back to the late '50s for genuine classics like Walter Gieseking's effortlessly fluent "Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique)," or as far forward as the 1990s. That work and several others are presented complete; the lack of complete works is a bane of Beethoven samplers, and a point in favor of this one even if the full works are, except for the "Pathétique," on the light side. The six CDs are each devoted to a single instrumental genre, with the first disc offering from one to three movements of each of the nine symphonies plus various shorter orchestral works. Even with six CDs there's no way to fit everything in, and the compilers tend to show a preference for the relatively slower slow movements and scherzos. Big sonata-form movements like that of the "Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57," are excerpted. This may seem unfortunate, but the emphasis is on the broad sweep of Beethoven's career. From that standpoint, the biggest complaint in the selection is the sparsity of works from Beethoven's transcendent late period; although six minutes of the "Ode to Joy" (with bass recitative) from the finale of the "Symphony No. 9" are presented, the listener will not really get an idea of what happened to the music of the by then totally deaf Beethoven at the end of his life. Shorter works like the "Duo for clarinet and bassoon in C major, WoO 25," could have been dropped in favor of part or all of one of the late quartets (and likewise with the "Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op. 129," known as "Rage Over a Lost Penny" in exchange for a late piano sonata movement). The remastering of this diverse set of sonic sources is not seamless but will meet the needs of a listener hoping to devote a series of commutes to getting to know Beethoven's music. Better, probably, to pick a Beethoven recital by a well-regarded pianist and buy a ticket, but this set will give the newcomer a taste of a lot of Beethoven.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2007
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0094639730728
catalogNumber:
97307

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: 4. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  2. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: 3. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  3. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 1. Allegro con brio (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling
  4. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace (Conclusion)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling
  5. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60: 3. Menuetto. Allegro vivace - Trio. Un poco meno a  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  6. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling
  7. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto. Shepherds' Hymn of Thanksgiving aft  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  8. Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Eugen Jochum  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  9. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 1. Vivace (Extract)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  10. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  11. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 4. Allegro con brio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  12. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 2. Allegretto scherzando  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Herbert von Karajan  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  13. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 4. Allegro vivace (Conclusion)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Herbert von Karajan  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  14. Ruins of Athens, incidental music, Op. 113: Turkish March  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Dennis Russell Davies  -  Orchestra of St. Luke's
  15. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: 4. Ode to Joy  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - James Morris  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  -  Westminster Choir
  16. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vasa Prihoda  - Adrian Boult  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Josef Suk
  17. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 2. Larghetto (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vasa Prihoda  - Adrian Boult  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Josef Suk
  18. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 3. Rondo (Conclusion)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vasa Prihoda  - Adrian Boult  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Josef Suk
  19. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: 1. Allegro con brio (Orchestral introduction)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Alexis Weissenberg  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan
  20. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: 2. Largo  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Alexis Weissenberg  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan
  21. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19: 3. Rondo. Molto allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Alexis Weissenberg  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan
  22. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40: (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - John Pritchard
  23. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 1. Allegro con brio (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Claudio Arrau  - Alceo Galliera  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  24. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50: (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - John Pritchard
  25. Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major ("Triple Concerto"), Op. 56: 2. Largo  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - David Oistrakh  - Sviatoslav Richter  - Mstislav Rostropovich
  26. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: 2. Andante con moto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - George Szell  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Emil Gilels
  27. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: 3. Rondo. Vivace (Extract)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - George Szell  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Emil Gilels
  28. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 1. Allegro (Extract)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - George Szell  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Emil Gilels
  29. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio un poco mosso (Conclusion)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - George Szell  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Emil Gilels
  30. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 3. Rondo. Allegro (Extract)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - George Szell  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Emil Gilels
  31. Fantasia for piano, chorus, and orchestra ("Choral Fantasy"), Op. 80: (Conclusion)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Alexander Gibson  -  Scottish National Chorus  -  Scottish National Orchestra
  32. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Walter Gieseking
  33. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto (Extract)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  34. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  35. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major ("Pastoral"), Op. 28: 4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Stephen Kovacevich
  36. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2: 3. Allegretto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Sviatoslav Richter
  37. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  38. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), Op. 53: 1. Allegro con brio (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Stephen Kovacevich
  39. Variations (6) on an original theme, for piano in D major, Op. 76: Theme. Allegro risoluto & 6 Variations  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Emil Gilels
  40. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57: 1. Allegro assai (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Claudio Arrau
  41. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a: 1. Das Lebwohl. Adagio - Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Stephen Kovacevich
  42. Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120: Theme. Vivace  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Peter Donohoe
  43. Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120: Variation 1. Alla marcia maestoso  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Peter Donohoe
  44. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major ("Hammerklavier"), Op. 106: 2. Scherzo. Assai vivace - Presto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Christoph Eschenbach
  45. Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 126  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Stephen Kovacevich
  46. Rondo a Capriccio for piano in G major ("Rage Over a Lost Penny"), Op. 129  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  47. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 1. Allegro (Extract)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jeremy Menuhin  - Yehudi Menuhin
  48. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 2. Adagio molto espressivo  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jeremy Menuhin  - Yehudi Menuhin
  49. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 3. Scherzo. Allegro molto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jeremy Menuhin  - Yehudi Menuhin
  50. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jeremy Menuhin  - Yehudi Menuhin
  51. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Paul Tortelier  - Eric Heidsieck
  52. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 12/2: 1. Allegro vivace (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pierre Barbizet  - Christian Ferras
  53. Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12/3: 2. Adagio con molt' espressione  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pierre Barbizet  - Christian Ferras
  54. Sonata for violin & piano No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23: 3. Allegro molto (Conclusion)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pierre Barbizet  - Christian Ferras
  55. Sonata for flute & piano in B flat major, Kinsky-Halm Anh 4: 2. Polonaise  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Michel Debost  - Christian Ivaldi
  56. Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3: 3. Allegro vivace  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pierre Barbizet  - Christian Ferras
  57. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 2. Andante  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jeremy Menuhin  - Yehudi Menuhin
  58. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 3. Finale. Presto (Conclusion)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jeremy Menuhin  - Yehudi Menuhin
  59. Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Paul Tortelier  - Eric Heidsieck
  60. Sonata for cello & piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69: 1. Allegro, ma non tanto (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jacqueline du Pré  - Stephen Kovacevich
  61. National Airs (10) with variations for flute/violin & piano, Op. 107: No. 1 I bin a Tiroler Bua, Austrian folksong  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Michel Debost  - Christian Ivaldi
  62. Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2: 3. Allegro fugato  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jacqueline du Pré  - Stephen Kovacevich
  63. Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon in E flat major, Op. 16: 3. Rondo. Allegro non troppo  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Melos Ensemble of London
  64. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: 2. Adagio affetuoso ed apassionato (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven
  65. String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4: 3. Menuetto - Trio  - Ludwig van Beethoven
  66. Trio for clarinet (or violin), cello & piano No. 4 in B flat major ("Gassenhauer"), Op. 11: 2. Adagio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Nash Ensemble
  67. Duo for clarinet & bassoon in C major, WoO 27/1: 1. Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Gervase de Peyer  - William Waterhouse
  68. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: 3. Tempo di menuetto - Trio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Melos Ensemble of London
  69. Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 1. Entrata: Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Serge Collot  - Michel Debost  - Gerard Jarry
  70. Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 2. Tempo ordinaro d'un Menuetto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Serge Collot  - Michel Debost  - Gerard Jarry
  71. Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 3. Allegro molto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Serge Collot  - Michel Debost  - Gerard Jarry
  72. String Quartet No. 7 in F major ("Rasumovsky 1"), Op. 59/1: 1. Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven
  73. March for wind ensemble in B flat major, WoO 29  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Melos Ensemble of London
  74. Piano Trio in D major ("Ghost"), Op. 70/1: 2. Largo assai ed espressivo (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Chung Trio
  75. String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ("Harp"), Op. 74: 1. Poco adagio - Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Hungarian Quartet
  76. Sextet for 2 horns & string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81b: 3. Rondo. Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Melos Ensemble of London
  77. Piano Trio in B flat major ("Archduke"), Op. 97: 1. Allegro moderato (Opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Chung Trio
  78. Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103: 4. Finale. Presto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Melos Ensemble of London
  79. Zärtliche Liebe, song for voice & piano, WoO 123  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Olaf Bär  - Geoffrey Parsons
  80. Wonne der Wehmut, song for voice & piano, Op. 83/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Elly Ameling  - Dalton Baldwin  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  81. Der Kuss (The Kiss), arietta for voice & piano, Op. 128  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Walter Berry  - Gerald Moore  - Christian Felix Weisse
  82. Es war einmal ein König, song for voice, men's choir & piano, Op. 75/3  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Walter Berry  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  - Gerald Moore
  83. Irish Songs (12) for voice & piano trio, WoO 154: Oh! Would I were but that sweet linnet  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Eduard Drolc  - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  - Victoria de Los Angeles  - Gerald Moore  - Irmgard Poppen  - William Smyth
  84. Irish Songs (12) for voice & piano trio, WoO 154: He promised me at parting  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Eduard Drolc  - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  - Victoria de Los Angeles  - Gerald Moore  - Irmgard Poppen  - William Smyth
  85. Adelaide, song for voice & piano, Op. 46  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  - Hartmut Höll  - Friedrich von Matthisson
  86. Marmotte ("Ich komme schon"), song for voice & piano, Op. 52/7  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  - Hartmut Höll
  87. Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur ("Himmel ruhmen des ewigen Ehre"), song for voice & piano, Op. 48/4  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Wilhelm Pitz
  88. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major, Op. 86: Kyrie  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Carlo Maria Giulini  - Theo Altmeyer  - Elly Ameling  - Janet Baker  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Marius Rintzler
  89. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123: Gloria in excelsis Deo - Gratias agimus tibi  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Hans Peter Blochwitz  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Waltraud Meier  -  Tallis Chamber Choir  - Jeffrey Tate  - Hans Tschammer  - Carol Vaness
  90. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123: Et resurrexit tertia die - Credo in Spiritum Sanct  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Hans Peter Blochwitz  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Waltraud Meier  -  Tallis Chamber Choir  - Jeffrey Tate  - Hans Tschammer  - Carol Vaness
  91. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Overture  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Joseph Sonnleithner  - Georg Friedrich Treitschke
  92. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. O wär' ich shon  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Helen Donath  - Herbert von Karajan  - Joseph Sonnleithner  - Georg Friedrich Treitschke
  93. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Mir ist so wunderbar  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Helga Dernesch  - Helen Donath  - Herbert von Karajan  - Horst R. Laubenthal  - Karl Ridderbusch  - Joseph Sonnleithner  - Georg Friedrich Treitschke
  94. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Zoltan Kelemen  - Joseph Sonnleithner  - Georg Friedrich Treitschke  -  Deutschen Opernchor Berlin
  95. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Abscheulicher!... Komm, Hoffnung  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Helga Dernesch  - Herbert von Karajan  - Joseph Sonnleithner  - Georg Friedrich Treitschke
  96. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. O welche Lust! (Prisoners' Chorus)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Siegfried Rudolf Frese  - Werner Hollweg  - Herbert von Karajan  - Joseph Sonnleithner  - Georg Friedrich Treitschke  -  Deutschen Opernchor Berlin
  97. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 2. O namenlose Freude  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Helga Dernesch  - Herbert von Karajan  - Joseph Sonnleithner  - Georg Friedrich Treitschke  - Jon Vickers
  98. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 2. Wer ein holdes Weib errungen (Finale)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  -  José van Dam  - Helga Dernesch  - Helen Donath  - Siegfried Rudolf Frese  - Werner Hollweg  - Herbert von Karajan  - Zoltan Kelemen  - Horst R. Laubenthal  - Karl Ridderbusch  - Joseph Sonnleithner  - Georg Friedrich Treitschke  - Jon Vickers  -  Deutschen Opernchor Berlin

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