Best Beethoven 50

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099994844528
  • Catalog Number: 48445
  • Sales rank: 98,667

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 (excerpt) - 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: 3. 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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo (opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Adrian Boult (4:07)
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 1. Allegro con brio (opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Claudio Arrau (5:45)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 1. Allegro (excerpt) - George Szell & Ludwig van Beethoven (6:41)
  4. 4–6 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13 - Walter Gieseking & Ludwig van Beethoven (17:44)
  5. 5 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto (excerpt) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (3:57)
  6. 6 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (3:19)
  7. 9–12 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jeremy Menuhin (18:12)
  8. 10 Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo - Paul Tortelier & Ludwig van Beethoven (5:56)
  9. 11 Sonata for flute & piano in B flat major, Anh. 4 (attributed): 2. Polonaise - Ludwig van Beethoven & Michel Debost (4:15)
  10. 12 Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 3. Finale: Presto (conclusion) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jeremy Menuhin (3:04)
  11. 13 Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2: 3. Allegro fugato - Ludwig van Beethoven & Jacqueline du Pré (3:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 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)
  2. 2 String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: 2. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato (opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Alban Berg Quartet (3:54)
  3. 3 String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4: 3. Menuetto - Trio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Alban Berg Quartet (3:26)
  4. 4 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)
  5. 5 Duo for clarinet & bassoon in C major, WoO 27/1: 1. Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Gervase de Peyer (3:51)
  6. 6 Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: 3. Tempo di menuetto - Trio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Melos Ensemble of London (3:11)
  7. 7 Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 1. Entrata: Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Serge Collot (3:22)
  8. 8 Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 3. Allegro molto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Serge Collot (2:07)
  9. 9 March for wind ensemble in B flat major, WoO 29 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Melos Ensemble of London (1:19)
  10. 10 Piano Trio in D major ("Ghost"), Op. 70/1: 2. Largo assai ed espressivo (opening) - Ludwig van Beethoven (5:16)
  11. 11 String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ("Harp"), Op. 74: 1. Poco adagio - Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & The Hungarian Quartet (8:37)
  12. 12 Sextet for 2 horns & string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81b: 3. Rondo: Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Melos Ensemble of London (5:37)
  13. 13 Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103: 4. Finale: Presto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Melos Ensemble of London (3:48)
  14. 14 Zärtliche Liebe, song for voice & piano, WoO 123 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Olaf Bär (1:45)
  15. 15 Wonne der Wehmut, song for voice & piano, Op. 83/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Elly Ameling (2:46)
  16. 16 He Promised Me at Parting, folk song for voice & piano trio, WoO 154/12 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Eduard Drolc (1:25)
  17. 17 Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major, Op. 86: Kyrie - Ludwig van Beethoven & Carlo Maria Giulini (5:34)
  18. 18 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 (5:01)
  19. 19 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 (2:56)
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