Beethoven: Complete Symphonies

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies

by Andris NelsonsAndris Nelsons

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Overview

The Wiener Philharmoniker, or Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, has attained a kind of exalted status among symphonic ensembles of the German-speaking world. In fact, it may be so exalted that it only occasionally, when properly motivated, bestirs itself to creativity. From this perspective, this cycle of Beethoven symphonies, with Andris Nelsons conducting the venerable Viennese, is a success worthy of the shelf and hard drive space among all the other hundreds of Beethoven symphony cycles. Nelsons generally makes his Beethoven brisk enough to put the players into a bit of a state of tension, and when they execute, the results are thrilling indeed, in a way that brings the entire weight of the Vienna tradition alive. Sample any of the Scherzos, perhaps that of the "Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92." There is no denying that hearing this is tremendously exciting, and the hair-trigger precision of that "symphony"'s finale is also impressive. Nelsons aims for readings that are fast, intense, and yet possessed of a certain lightness, and often enough, he succeeds and propels this set into the top rungs. There are, however, some second-rung performances, and they come at big moments. The "Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67," is so precise that the earth-shaking quality of the music is lost. Sample the "Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125," finale (broken up into multiple tracks for no very good reason). The forward motion will have you speeding down the roadway if you listen to it in a car, but you may find that the reading doesn't match the sense of certain phrases like "wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt" ("where your gentle wing lingers"). Still, Nelsons does not lose the rich humor of the "Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93," and he generally makes the case for a Beethoven symphony cycle that is fast, hard, and brilliantly played. Strongly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2019
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028948370719
catalogNumber: 003111960
Rank: 41954

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

    1. 1. Adagio molto - allegro con brio  (09:44)
    2. 2. Andante cantabile con moto  (08:46)
    3. 3. Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace  (03:24)
    4. 4. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace  (06:01)
  2. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55

    1. 1. Allegro con brio  (17:39)
    2. 2. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai  (16:33)
    3. 3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace  (05:53)
    4. 4. Finale. Allegro molto  (12:18)

Disc 2

  1. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

    1. 1. Adagio - Allegro con brio  (12:30)
    2. 2. Larghetto  (12:03)
    3. 3. Scherzo. Allegro  (03:34)
    4. 4. Allegro molto  (06:23)
  2. Piano Trio in B flat major ("Allegretto"), WoO 39

    1. 1. Adagio - Allegro vivace  (11:30)
    2. 2. Adagio  (10:15)
    3. 3. Allegro vivace  (05:38)
    4. 4. Allegro ma non troppo  (06:54)

Disc 3

  1. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67

    1. 1. Allegro con brio  (07:42)
    2. 2. Andante con moto  (10:34)
    3. 3. Allegro  (05:13)
    4. 4. Allegro  (11:14)
  2. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68

    1. 1. Angenehme, heitere Empfindungen, welche bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande im Menschen erwachen. Alle  (09:44)
    2. 2. Szene am Bach. Andante molto moto (Scene by the brook)  (12:19)
    3. 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute. Allegro (Merry gathering of country folk)  (05:08)
    4. 4. Donner, Sturm. Allegro (Thunderstorm)  (03:37)
    5. 5. Hirtengesang, wohltätige, mit Dank an die Gottheit verbundene Gefühle nach dem Sturm. Allegretto  (10:05)

Disc 4

  1. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

    1. 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace  (11:49)
    2. 2. Allegretto  (08:58)
    3. 3. Presto  (08:37)
    4. 4. Allegro con brio  (06:51)
  2. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

    1. 1. Allegro vivace e con brio  (09:52)
    2. 2. Allegretto scherzando  (04:24)
    3. 3. Tempo di Menuetto  (04:40)
    4. 4. Allegro vivace  (07:31)

Disc 5

  1. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125

    1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso  (16:41)
    2. 2. Molto vivace  (11:58)
    3. 3. Adagio molto e cantabile  (15:59)
    4. 4. Presto  (02:53)
    5. 4. Allegro assai  (03:50)
  2. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125

    1. 4. Presto - Recitativo: O Freunde, nicht diese Töne! - Allegro assai: Freude, schöner Götterfunken  (03:35)
    2. 4. Allegro assai vivace (alla marcia): Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen (Final Chorus on Schiller's O  (03:59)
    3. 4. Andante maestoso: Seid umschlungen, Millionen (Final Chorus on Schiller's Ode to Joy)  (03:17)
    4. 4. Allegro energico e sempre ben marcato: Freude, schöner Götterfunken (Final Chorus on Schiller's  (02:09)
    5. 4. Allegro ma non tanto: Freude, Tochter aus Elysium (Final Chorus on Schiller's Ode to Joy)  (02:16)
    6. 4. Poco Allegro - Prestissimo: Seid umschlungen, Millionen (Final Chorus on Schiller's Ode to Joy)  (01:42)

Disc 6

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

    1. 1. Adagio molto - allegro con brio  (09:44)
    2. 2. Andante cantabile con moto  (08:46)
    3. 3. Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace  (03:24)
    4. 4. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace  (06:01)
  2. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55

    1. 1. Allegro con brio  (17:39)
    2. 2. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai  (16:33)
    3. 3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace  (05:53)
    4. 4. Finale. Allegro molto  (12:18)
  3. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

    1. 1. Adagio - Allegro con brio  (12:30)
    2. 2. Larghetto  (12:03)
    3. 3. Scherzo. Allegro  (03:34)
    4. 4. Allegro molto  (06:23)
  4. Piano Trio in B flat major ("Allegretto"), WoO 39

    1. 1. Adagio - Allegro vivace  (11:30)
    2. 2. Adagio  (10:15)
    3. 3. Allegro vivace  (05:38)
    4. 4. Allegro ma non troppo  (06:54)
  5. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67

    1. 1. Allegro con brio  (07:42)
    2. 2. Andante con moto  (10:34)
    3. 3. Allegro  (05:13)
    4. 4. Allegro  (11:14)
  6. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68

    1. 1. Angenehme, heitere Empfindungen, welche bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande im Menschen erwachen. Alle  (09:44)
    2. 2. Szene am Bach. Andante molto moto (Scene by the brook)  (12:19)
    3. 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute. Allegro (Merry gathering of country folk)  (05:08)
    4. 4. Donner, Sturm. Allegro (Thunderstorm)  (03:37)
    5. 5. Hirtengesang, wohltätige, mit Dank an die Gottheit verbundene Gefühle nach dem Sturm. Allegretto  (10:05)
  7. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

    1. 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace  (11:49)
    2. 2. Allegretto  (08:58)
    3. 3. Presto  (08:37)
    4. 4. Allegro con brio  (06:51)
  8. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

    1. 1. Allegro vivace e con brio  (09:52)
    2. 2. Allegretto scherzando  (04:24)
    3. 3. Tempo di Menuetto  (04:40)
    4. 4. Allegro vivace  (07:31)
  9. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125

    1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso  (16:41)
    2. 2. Molto vivace  (11:58)
    3. 3. Adagio molto e cantabile  (15:59)
    4. 4. Presto  (02:53)
    5. 4. Allegro assai  (03:50)
    6. 4. Presto - Recitativo: O Freunde, nicht diese Töne! - Allegro assai: Freude, schöner Götterfunken  (03:35)
    7. 4. Allegro assai vivace (alla marcia): Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen (Final Chorus on Schiller's O  (03:59)
    8. 4. Andante maestoso: Seid umschlungen, Millionen (Final Chorus on Schiller's Ode to Joy)  (03:17)
    9. 4. Allegro energico e sempre ben marcato: Freude, schöner Götterfunken (Final Chorus on Schiller's  (02:09)
    10. 4. Allegro ma non tanto: Freude, Tochter aus Elysium (Final Chorus on Schiller's Ode to Joy)  (02:16)
    11. 4. Poco Allegro - Prestissimo: Seid umschlungen, Millionen (Final Chorus on Schiller's Ode to Joy)  (01:42)

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