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Best Beethoven 50
     

Best Beethoven 50

 
EMI's 2011 compilation Best Beethoven 50 is a triple-disc introduction to the major works of Ludwig van Beethoven, presented in easy to digest selections. The set is organized into three categories: disc 1 is concentrated on familiar movements from the nine symphonies, widely regarded as Beethoven's greatest achievements; disc 2 features familiar movements from

Overview

EMI's 2011 compilation Best Beethoven 50 is a triple-disc introduction to the major works of Ludwig van Beethoven, presented in easy to digest selections. The set is organized into three categories: disc 1 is concentrated on familiar movements from the nine symphonies, widely regarded as Beethoven's greatest achievements; disc 2 features familiar movements from the concertos and sonatas; and disc 3 is a sampler of chamber pieces, songs, and choral music. In a body of work as vast and significant as Beethoven's, it's difficult to choose the most representative selections and regrettable that whole works couldn't be included. This would have been desirable so newcomers would know that the symphonies, concertos, and sonatas are much longer than they appear here, and that other significant compositions were excluded, such as Beethoven's overtures and music from his only opera, "Fidelio." Still, this set doesn't pretend to be a comprehensive survey, and what it does offer is an easy approach to works that otherwise can be a little daunting for beginners to research and learn. The performances are taken from EMI's deep back list, and range from analog recordings made in the 1960s to digital tracks of the 1990s. As a result, there is some unevenness of audio quality, and the sound will be a drawback for audiophiles. But this collection was intended for beginners and casual classical fans, so it will let them become familiar with the music before upgrading to complete and better sounding recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2011
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099994844528
catalogNumber:
48445

Tracks

  1. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123: Et resurrexit tertia die - Credo in Spiritum Sanct
  2. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123: Gloria in excelsis Deo - gratias agimus tibi
  3. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major, Op. 86: Kyrie
  4. He Promised Me at Parting, folk song for voice & piano trio, WoO 154/12
  5. Wonne der Wehmut, song for voice & piano, Op. 83/1
  6. Zärtliche Liebe, song for voice & piano, WoO 123
  7. Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103: 4. Finale: Presto
  8. Sextet for 2 horns & string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81b: 3. Rondo: Allegro
  9. String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ("Harp"), Op. 74: 1. Poco adagio - Allegro
  10. Piano Trio in D major ("Ghost"), Op. 70/1: 2. Largo assai ed espressivo (opening)
  11. March for wind ensemble in B flat major, WoO 29
  12. Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 3. Allegro molto
  13. Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 1. Entrata: Allegro
  14. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: 3. Tempo di menuetto - Trio
  15. Duo for clarinet & bassoon in C major, WoO 27/1: 1. Allegro
  16. Trio for clarinet (or violin), cello & piano No. 4 in B flat major ("Gassenhauer"), Op. 11: 2. Adagio
  17. String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4: 3. Menuetto - Trio
  18. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: 2. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato (opening)
  19. Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon in E flat major, Op. 16: 3. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
  20. Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2: 3. Allegro fugato
  21. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto (excerpt)
  22. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13
  23. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 1. Allegro (excerpt)
  24. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 1. Allegro con brio (opening)
  25. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo (opening)
  26. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 3. Finale: Presto (conclusion)
  27. Sonata for flute & piano in B flat major, Anh. 4 (attributed): 2. Polonaise
  28. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo
  29. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24
  30. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  31. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: 4. Ode to Joy
  32. Ruins of Athens, incidental music, Op. 113: Turkish March
  33. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 3. Allegro vivace (conclusion)
  34. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 2. Allegretto scherzando
  35. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 4. Allegro con brio
  36. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto (opening)
  37. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 1. Vivace (excerpt)
  38. Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture
  39. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto: Shepherds' Hymn of Thanksgiving aft
  40. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio
  41. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60: 3. Menuetto. Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco meno a
  42. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace (conclusion)
  43. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 1. Allegro con brio (opening)
  44. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: 3. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio
  45. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: 4. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace

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