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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 ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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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  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 094639730728
  • Catalog Number: 97307

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: 4. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (5:29)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: 3. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (3:42)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 1. Allegro con brio (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & New Philharmonia Orchestra (6:28)
  4. 4 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace (Conclusion) - Ludwig van Beethoven & New Philharmonia Orchestra (1:58)
  5. 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 (5:43)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio - Ludwig van Beethoven & New Philharmonia Orchestra (6:37)
  7. 7 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto. Shepherds' Hymn of Thanksgiving aft - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (6:46)
  8. 8 Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture - Ludwig van Beethoven & Eugen Jochum (8:50)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 1. Vivace (Extract) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (6:06)
  10. 10 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (3:18)
  11. 11 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 4. Allegro con brio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (7:18)
  12. 12 Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 2. Allegretto scherzando - Ludwig van Beethoven & Herbert von Karajan (3:57)
  13. 13 Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 4. Allegro vivace (Conclusion) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Herbert von Karajan (3:44)
  14. 14 Ruins of Athens, incidental music, Op. 113: Turkish March - Ludwig van Beethoven & Dennis Russell Davies (2:06)
  15. 15 Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: 4. Ode to Joy - Ludwig van Beethoven & James Morris (6:14)
  16. 16 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vasa Prihoda (4:07)
  17. 17 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 2. Larghetto (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vasa Prihoda (3:29)
  18. 18 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 3. Rondo (Conclusion) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vasa Prihoda (5:03)
  19. 19 Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: 1. Allegro con brio (Orchestral introduction) - Alexis Weissenberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (3:27)
  20. 20 Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: 2. Largo - Alexis Weissenberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (4:36)
  21. 21 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19: 3. Rondo. Molto allegro - Alexis Weissenberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (5:55)
  22. 22 Romance for violin & orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40: (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Yehudi Menuhin (4:28)
  23. 23 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 1. Allegro con brio (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Claudio Arrau (5:45)
  24. 24 Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50: (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Yehudi Menuhin (3:01)
  25. 25 Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major ("Triple Concerto"), Op. 56: 2. Largo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (5:34)
  26. 26 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: 2. Andante con moto - Ludwig van Beethoven & George Szell (5:48)
  27. 27 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: 3. Rondo. Vivace (Extract) - Ludwig van Beethoven & George Szell (7:29)
  28. 28 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 1. Allegro (Extract) - Ludwig van Beethoven & George Szell (6:41)
  29. 29 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio un poco mosso (Conclusion) - Ludwig van Beethoven & George Szell (3:55)
  30. 30 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 3. Rondo. Allegro (Extract) - Ludwig van Beethoven & George Szell (4:41)
  31. 31 Fantasia for piano, chorus, and orchestra ("Choral Fantasy"), Op. 80: (Conclusion) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Alexander Gibson (4:51)
  32. 32 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Walter Gieseking (17:44)
  33. 33 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto (Extract) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (3:57)
  34. 34 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (3:21)
  35. 35 Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major ("Pastoral"), Op. 28: 4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Stephen Kovacevich (4:49)
  36. 36 Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2: 3. Allegretto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (6:56)
  37. 37 Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (2:54)
  38. 38 Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), Op. 53: 1. Allegro con brio (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Stephen Kovacevich (4:41)
  39. 39 Variations (6) on an original theme, for piano in D major, Op. 76: Theme. Allegro risoluto & 6 Variations - Ludwig van Beethoven & Emil Gilels (7:11)
  40. 40 Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57: 1. Allegro assai (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Claudio Arrau (5:13)
  41. 41 Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a: 1. Das Lebwohl. Adagio - Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Stephen Kovacevich (6:33)
  42. 42 Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120: Theme. Vivace - Ludwig van Beethoven & Peter Donohoe (0:52)
  43. 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 (1:40)
  44. 44 Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major ("Hammerklavier"), Op. 106: 2. Scherzo. Assai vivace - Presto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Christoph Eschenbach (2:36)
  45. 45 Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 126 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Stephen Kovacevich (2:27)
  46. 46 Rondo a Capriccio for piano in G major ("Rage Over a Lost Penny"), Op. 129 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (5:59)
  47. 47 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 1. Allegro (Extract) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jeremy Menuhin (3:37)
  48. 48 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 2. Adagio molto espressivo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jeremy Menuhin (6:27)
  49. 49 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 3. Scherzo. Allegro molto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jeremy Menuhin (1:20)
  50. 50 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jeremy Menuhin (6:53)
  51. 51 Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Paul Tortelier (5:57)
  52. 52 Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 12/2: 1. Allegro vivace (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (3:16)
  53. 53 Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12/3: 2. Adagio con molt' espressione - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (6:33)
  54. 54 Sonata for violin & piano No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23: 3. Allegro molto (Conclusion) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (2:09)
  55. 55 Sonata for flute & piano in B flat major, Kinsky-Halm Anh 4: 2. Polonaise - Ludwig van Beethoven & Michel Debost (4:16)
  56. 56 Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3: 3. Allegro vivace - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Barbizet (3:34)
  57. 57 Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 2. Andante - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jeremy Menuhin (2:34)
  58. 58 Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 3. Finale. Presto (Conclusion) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jeremy Menuhin (3:05)
  59. 59 Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Paul Tortelier (9:29)
  60. 60 Sonata for cello & piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69: 1. Allegro, ma non tanto (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jacqueline du Pré (4:40)
  61. 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 (4:14)
  62. 62 Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2: 3. Allegro fugato - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jacqueline du Pré (3:53)
  63. 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 (5:48)
  64. 64 String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: 2. Adagio affetuoso ed apassionato (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven (3:54)
  65. 65 String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4: 3. Menuetto - Trio - Ludwig van Beethoven (3:27)
  66. 66 Trio for clarinet (or violin), cello & piano No. 4 in B flat major ("Gassenhauer"), Op. 11: 2. Adagio - Ludwig van Beethoven & The Nash Ensemble (5:12)
  67. 67 Duo for clarinet & bassoon in C major, WoO 27/1: 1. Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Gervase de Peyer (3:51)
  68. 68 Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: 3. Tempo di menuetto - Trio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Melos Ensemble of London (3:11)
  69. 69 Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 1. Entrata: Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Serge Collot (3:22)
  70. 70 Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 2. Tempo ordinaro d'un Menuetto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Serge Collot (4:50)
  71. 71 Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 3. Allegro molto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Serge Collot (2:09)
  72. 72 String Quartet No. 7 in F major ("Rasumovsky 1"), Op. 59/1: 1. Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven (9:29)
  73. 73 March for wind ensemble in B flat major, WoO 29 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Melos Ensemble of London (1:20)
  74. 74 Piano Trio in D major ("Ghost"), Op. 70/1: 2. Largo assai ed espressivo (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Chung Trio (5:16)
  75. 75 String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ("Harp"), Op. 74: 1. Poco adagio - Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & The Hungarian Quartet (8:39)
  76. 76 Sextet for 2 horns & string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81b: 3. Rondo. Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Melos Ensemble of London (5:37)
  77. 77 Piano Trio in B flat major ("Archduke"), Op. 97: 1. Allegro moderato (Opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Chung Trio (4:24)
  78. 78 Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103: 4. Finale. Presto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Melos Ensemble of London (3:45)
  79. 79 Zärtliche Liebe, song for voice & piano, WoO 123 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Olaf Bär (1:46)
  80. 80 Wonne der Wehmut, song for voice & piano, Op. 83/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Elly Ameling (2:47)
  81. 81 Der Kuss (The Kiss), arietta for voice & piano, Op. 128 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Walter Berry (2:00)
  82. 82 Es war einmal ein König, song for voice, men's choir & piano, Op. 75/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Walter Berry (2:21)
  83. 83 Irish Songs (12) for voice & piano trio, WoO 154: Oh! Would I were but that sweet linnet - Ludwig van Beethoven & Eduard Drolc (2:31)
  84. 84 Irish Songs (12) for voice & piano trio, WoO 154: He promised me at parting - Ludwig van Beethoven & Eduard Drolc (1:25)
  85. 85 Adelaide, song for voice & piano, Op. 46 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (5:52)
  86. 86 Marmotte ("Ich komme schon"), song for voice & piano, Op. 52/7 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (2:10)
  87. 87 Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur ("Himmel ruhmen des ewigen Ehre"), song for voice & piano, Op. 48/4 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Philharmonia Chorus (2:32)
  88. 88 Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major, Op. 86: Kyrie - Ludwig van Beethoven & Carlo Maria Giulini (5:34)
  89. 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 (5:00)
  90. 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 (3:00)
  91. 91 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Overture - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:59)
  92. 92 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. O wär' ich shon - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:03)
  93. 93 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Mir ist so wunderbar - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:45)
  94. 94 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Ha! Welch ein Augenblick! - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:01)
  95. 95 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Abscheulicher!... Komm, Hoffnung - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:38)
  96. 96 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. O welche Lust! (Prisoners' Chorus) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:21)
  97. 97 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 2. O namenlose Freude - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:02)
  98. 98 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 2. Wer ein holdes Weib errungen (Finale) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:01)
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