Ultimate Beethoven

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Decca's five-CD set Ultimate Beethoven is a respectable beginner's introduction to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven because it presents his greatest masterworks in complete performances by major artists. Where some other collections present only short, thematic excerpts or single movements taken from larger works, obliging the listener to put in additional effort to hear the whole compositions, this set leaves nothing incomplete. Central to Beethoven's output are his symphonies, and the "Symphony No. 5 in C minor"; the "Symphony No. 6 in F major, Pastoral"; and the "Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Choral" have long been regarded as essential works. The "Piano Concerto No. 4...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Decca's five-CD set Ultimate Beethoven is a respectable beginner's introduction to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven because it presents his greatest masterworks in complete performances by major artists. Where some other collections present only short, thematic excerpts or single movements taken from larger works, obliging the listener to put in additional effort to hear the whole compositions, this set leaves nothing incomplete. Central to Beethoven's output are his symphonies, and the "Symphony No. 5 in C minor"; the "Symphony No. 6 in F major, Pastoral"; and the "Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Choral" have long been regarded as essential works. The "Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major" and the "Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Emperor," similarly are regarded as supreme achievements, as is the "Violin Concerto in D major," one of the finest in the genre. Of his piano sonatas, the "Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Pathétique"; the "Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Moonlight"; and the "Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Appassionata" are perennial favorites, as well as quite representative of the innovative approach and inspiration Beethoven brought to the form. Because this survey offers performances by great musicians, such as conductors Bernard Haitink, Georg Solti, and Zubin Mehta; pianists Vladimir Ashkenazy and Claudio Arrau; and violinist Henryk Szeryng, the quality of the playing is exceptionally high, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra give the symphonies and concertos the firm textures and dynamic power Beethoven's music requires.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947580409
  • Catalog Number: 000765802
  • Sales rank: 45,292

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (31:27)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (44:00)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (74:43)
  4. 4 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (36:14)
  5. 5 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (39:59)
  6. 6 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (46:01)
  7. 7 Romance for violin & orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (8:05)
  8. 8 Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (9:26)
  9. 9 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Claudio Arrau (20:05)
  10. 10 Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Claudio Arrau (26:54)
  11. 11 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Claudio Arrau (17:00)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2010

    Beethoven's the best

    If you are new to the genius of classical music,this is a perfect place to begin.I love it.

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