Essential Beethoven

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
"He is neither Classic nor Romantic; he is Beethoven, and his figure towers like a colossus astride two centuries," is how one historian summed up Ludwig van Beethoven's place in music history. With one foot in the gallant 18th century and the other in the impassioned 19th, Beethoven 1770-1827 changed the course of musical style. And Essential Beethoven, a 24-track, double-disc collection, offers some of the composer's most revolutionary music. Mozart, for example, the grand exemplar of 18th-century grace, would never have written the famously terse and percussive "fate" theme at the beginning of the Fifth Symphony, which opens Essential Beethoven. Nor could Bruckner or ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
"He is neither Classic nor Romantic; he is Beethoven, and his figure towers like a colossus astride two centuries," is how one historian summed up Ludwig van Beethoven's place in music history. With one foot in the gallant 18th century and the other in the impassioned 19th, Beethoven 1770-1827 changed the course of musical style. And Essential Beethoven, a 24-track, double-disc collection, offers some of the composer's most revolutionary music. Mozart, for example, the grand exemplar of 18th-century grace, would never have written the famously terse and percussive "fate" theme at the beginning of the Fifth Symphony, which opens Essential Beethoven. Nor could Bruckner or Mahler have achieved the staggering grandeur of their symphonies without the model of Beethoven's Ninth, the "Choral" Symphony, whose finale the "Ode to Joy" closes this collection. Between these potent bookends, Essential Beethoven contains many staples of the classical repertoire, as well as a few rarities. Vladimir Ashkenazy performs the Adagio from the "Moonlight" Sonata and "Für Elise," two of the best-known pieces in the piano repertory. Antal Dorati and the London Symphony offer the famous machine-like slow movement from the Seventh Symphony, and the Staatskapelle Dresden under Colin Davis give us the lilting shepherd's song from the Sixth Symphony's finale. But the smaller-scale, less-familiar pieces -- whether the Bagatelle by Alfred Brendel or Neville Marriner's sprightly Minuet -- also show Beethoven's unmistakable style with powerful rhythms and plainspoken melodies. There are some top-name performers here -- Itzhak Perlman, Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland -- and with more than two and a half hours of music, this generous sampler is a great beginning to any Beethoven collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946853023
  • Catalog Number: 468530
  • Sales rank: 69,210

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate") Op. 67: Allegro con brio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (7:13)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: Allegretto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Antal Doráti (8:34)
  3. 3 Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (7:58)
  4. 4 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: No. 1, Adagio sostenuto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:12)
  5. 5 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:03)
  6. 6 Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2: No. 3, Allegretto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Stephen Kovacevich (6:36)
  7. 7 Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: No. 5, Scherzo: Allegro molto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Octet (3:20)
  8. 8 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: No. 2, Largo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Alfred Brendel (10:37)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: No. 4, Allegro vivace - Ludwig van Beethoven & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (7:48)
  10. 10 Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture - George Szell & Ludwig van Beethoven (8:32)
  11. 11 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: No. 3, Rondo: Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Alceo Galliera (9:00)
  12. 12 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: No. 2, Adagio un poco mosso - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (7:53)
  13. 13 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral") Op. 68: No. 5, Allegretto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Colin Davis (9:44)
  14. 14 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19: No. 3, Rondo: Molto Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (6:05)
  15. 15 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique") Op. 13: No. 2, Adagio cantabile - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (5:06)
  16. 16 Fugue for string quartet in B flat major ("Grosse Fuge"), Op. 133: No. 5, Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Quartetto Italiano (7:16)
  17. 17 Bagatelle for piano in E flat major, Op. 126/6 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Alfred Brendel (4:23)
  18. 18 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring") Op. 24: No. 4, Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:55)
  19. 19 Minuets (12) for orchestra, WoO 7: No. 11 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Neville Marriner (2:15)
  20. 20 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: No. 3, Presto agitato - Ludwig van Beethoven & Neville Marriner (7:39)
  21. 21 In questa tomba oscura, arietta for voice and piano (or orchestra), WoO 133 - arranged by Faris, Alexander - Ludwig van Beethoven & Luciano Pavarotti (3:34)
  22. 22 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Mir ist so wunderbar (Quartet) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Hildegard Behrens (5:20)
  23. 23 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: O welche Lust (Prisoners' Chorus) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (8:26)
  24. 24 Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral") Op. 125: Choral Finale (excerpt) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Joan Sutherland (2:55)
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