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…  See more details below

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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:
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  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Hans Peter Blochwitz  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Waltraud Meier  -  Tallis Chamber Choir  - Jeffrey Tate  - Hans Tschammer  - Carol Vaness
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. He Promised Me at Parting, folk song for voice & piano trio, WoO 154/12  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Eduard Drolc  - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  - Victoria de Los Angeles  - Gerald Moore  - Irmgard Poppen
  5. Wonne der Wehmut, song for voice & piano, Op. 83/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Elly Ameling  - Dalton Baldwin  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  6. Zärtliche Liebe, song for voice & piano, WoO 123  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Olaf Bär  - Karl Friedrich Herrosee  - Geoffrey Parsons
  7. Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103: 4. Finale: Presto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Melos Ensemble of London
  8. Sextet for 2 horns & string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81b: 3. Rondo: Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Melos Ensemble of London
  9. String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ("Harp"), Op. 74: 1. Poco adagio - Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Hungarian Quartet
  10. Piano Trio in D major ("Ghost"), Op. 70/1: 2. Largo assai ed espressivo (opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven
  11. March for wind ensemble in B flat major, WoO 29  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Melos Ensemble of London
  12. Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 3. Allegro molto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Serge Collot  - Michel Debost  - Gerard Jarry
  13. Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 1. Entrata: Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Serge Collot  - Michel Debost  - Gerard Jarry
  14. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: 3. Tempo di menuetto - Trio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Melos Ensemble of London
  15. Duo for clarinet & bassoon in C major, WoO 27/1: 1. Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Gervase de Peyer  - William Waterhouse
  16. Trio for clarinet (or violin), cello & piano No. 4 in B flat major ("Gassenhauer"), Op. 11: 2. Adagio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Nash Ensemble
  17. String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4: 3. Menuetto - Trio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Alban Berg Quartet
  18. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: 2. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato (opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Alban Berg Quartet
  19. 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
  20. Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2: 3. Allegro fugato  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jacqueline du Pré  - Stephen Kovacevich
  21. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto (excerpt)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  22. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Walter Gieseking
  23. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 1. Allegro (excerpt)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - George Szell  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Emil Gilels
  24. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 1. Allegro con brio (opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Claudio Arrau  - Alceo Galliera  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  25. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo (opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Adrian Boult  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Josef Suk
  26. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 3. Finale: Presto (conclusion)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jeremy Menuhin  - Yehudi Menuhin
  27. Sonata for flute & piano in B flat major, Anh. 4 (attributed): 2. Polonaise  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Michel Debost  - Christian Ivaldi
  28. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Paul Tortelier  - Eric Heidsieck
  29. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jeremy Menuhin  - Yehudi Menuhin
  30. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  31. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: 4. Ode to Joy  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - James Morris  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  -  Westminster Choir
  32. Ruins of Athens, incidental music, Op. 113: Turkish March  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Dennis Russell Davies  -  Orchestra of St. Luke's
  33. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 3. Allegro vivace (conclusion)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Herbert von Karajan  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  34. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 2. Allegretto scherzando  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Herbert von Karajan  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  35. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 4. Allegro con brio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  36. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto (opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  37. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 1. Vivace (excerpt)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  38. Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Eugen Jochum  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  39. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto: Shepherds' Hymn of Thanksgiving aft  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  40. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling
  41. 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
  42. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace (conclusion)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling
  43. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 1. Allegro con brio (opening)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling
  44. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: 3. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  45. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: 4. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra

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