Best Beethoven 100

Best Beethoven 100

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Best Beethoven 100

The trouble with anthology recordings of this kind is that at root, just as with any other kind of music, a great classical performance depends less on a set of abstract qualities of excellence than on a creative response to a given set of circumstances. That said, this six-disc outing does better than most with the particularly difficult problem of offering a reasonable sample of Beethoven's music. Britain's EMI label has a deep catalog of recordings under its control, and the set can reach back to the late '50s for genuine classics like Walter Gieseking's effortlessly fluent "Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique)," or as far forward as the 1990s. That work and several others are presented complete; the lack of complete works is a bane of Beethoven samplers, and a point in favor of this one even if the full works are, except for the "Pathétique," on the light side. The six CDs are each devoted to a single instrumental genre, with the first disc offering from one to three movements of each of the nine symphonies plus various shorter orchestral works. Even with six CDs there's no way to fit everything in, and the compilers tend to show a preference for the relatively slower slow movements and scherzos. Big sonata-form movements like that of the "Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57," are excerpted. This may seem unfortunate, but the emphasis is on the broad sweep of Beethoven's career. From that standpoint, the biggest complaint in the selection is the sparsity of works from Beethoven's transcendent late period; although six minutes of the "Ode to Joy" (with bass recitative) from the finale of the "Symphony No. 9" are presented, the listener will not really get an idea of what happened to the music of the by then totally deaf Beethoven at the end of his life. Shorter works like the "Duo for clarinet and bassoon in C major, WoO 25," could have been dropped in favor of part or all of one of the late quartets (and likewise with the "Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op. 129," known as "Rage Over a Lost Penny" in exchange for a late piano sonata movement). The remastering of this diverse set of sonic sources is not seamless but will meet the needs of a listener hoping to devote a series of commutes to getting to know Beethoven's music. Better, probably, to pick a Beethoven recital by a well-regarded pianist and buy a ticket, but this set will give the newcomer a taste of a lot of Beethoven.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2007
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0094639730728
catalogNumber: 97307

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: 4. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace
  2. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: 3. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio
  3. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 1. Allegro con brio (Opening)
  4. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace (Conclusion)
  5. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60: 3. Menuetto. Allegro vivace - Trio. Un poco meno a
  6. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio
  7. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto. Shepherds' Hymn of Thanksgiving aft
  8. Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture
  9. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 1. Vivace (Extract)
  10. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto (Opening)
  11. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 4. Allegro con brio
  12. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 2. Allegretto scherzando
  13. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 4. Allegro vivace (Conclusion)
  14. Ruins of Athens, incidental music, Op. 113: Turkish March
  15. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: 4. Ode to Joy
  16. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo (Opening)
  17. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 2. Larghetto (Opening)
  18. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 3. Rondo (Conclusion)
  19. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: 1. Allegro con brio (Orchestral introduction)
  20. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: 2. Largo
  21. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19: 3. Rondo. Molto allegro
  22. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40: (Opening)
  23. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 1. Allegro con brio (Opening)
  24. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50: (Opening)
  25. Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major ("Triple Concerto"), Op. 56: 2. Largo
  26. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: 2. Andante con moto
  27. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: 3. Rondo. Vivace (Extract)
  28. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 1. Allegro (Extract)
  29. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio un poco mosso (Conclusion)
  30. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 3. Rondo. Allegro (Extract)
  31. Fantasia for piano, chorus, and orchestra ("Choral Fantasy"), Op. 80: (Conclusion)
  32. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13
  33. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto (Extract)
  34. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  35. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major ("Pastoral"), Op. 28: 4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
  36. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2: 3. Allegretto
  37. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2
  38. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), Op. 53: 1. Allegro con brio (Opening)
  39. Variations (6) on an original theme, for piano in D major, Op. 76: Theme. Allegro risoluto & 6 Variations
  40. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57: 1. Allegro assai (Opening)
  41. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a: 1. Das Lebwohl. Adagio - Allegro
  42. Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120: Theme. Vivace
  43. Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120: Variation 1. Alla marcia maestoso
  44. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major ("Hammerklavier"), Op. 106: 2. Scherzo. Assai vivace - Presto
  45. Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 126
  46. Rondo a Capriccio for piano in G major ("Rage Over a Lost Penny"), Op. 129
  47. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 1. Allegro (Extract)
  48. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 2. Adagio molto espressivo
  49. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 3. Scherzo. Allegro molto
  50. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24: 4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
  51. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo
  52. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 12/2: 1. Allegro vivace (Opening)
  53. Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12/3: 2. Adagio con molt' espressione
  54. Sonata for violin & piano No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23: 3. Allegro molto (Conclusion)
  55. Sonata for flute & piano in B flat major, Kinsky-Halm Anh 4: 2. Polonaise
  56. Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3: 3. Allegro vivace
  57. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 2. Andante
  58. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47: 3. Finale. Presto (Conclusion)
  59. Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66
  60. Sonata for cello & piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69: 1. Allegro, ma non tanto (Opening)
  61. National Airs (10) with variations for flute/violin & piano, Op. 107: No. 1 I bin a Tiroler Bua, Austrian folksong
  62. Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2: 3. Allegro fugato
  63. Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon in E flat major, Op. 16: 3. Rondo. Allegro non troppo
  64. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: 2. Adagio affetuoso ed apassionato (Opening)
  65. String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4: 3. Menuetto - Trio
  66. Trio for clarinet (or violin), cello & piano No. 4 in B flat major ("Gassenhauer"), Op. 11: 2. Adagio
  67. Duo for clarinet & bassoon in C major, WoO 27/1: 1. Allegro
  68. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: 3. Tempo di menuetto - Trio
  69. Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 1. Entrata: Allegro
  70. Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 2. Tempo ordinaro d'un Menuetto
  71. Serenade for flute, violin & viola in D major, Op. 25: 3. Allegro molto
  72. String Quartet No. 7 in F major ("Rasumovsky 1"), Op. 59/1: 1. Allegro
  73. March for wind ensemble in B flat major, WoO 29
  74. Piano Trio in D major ("Ghost"), Op. 70/1: 2. Largo assai ed espressivo (Opening)
  75. String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ("Harp"), Op. 74: 1. Poco adagio - Allegro
  76. Sextet for 2 horns & string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81b: 3. Rondo. Allegro
  77. Piano Trio in B flat major ("Archduke"), Op. 97: 1. Allegro moderato (Opening)
  78. Octet for winds in E flat major, Op. 103: 4. Finale. Presto
  79. Zärtliche Liebe, song for voice & piano, WoO 123
  80. Wonne der Wehmut, song for voice & piano, Op. 83/1
  81. Der Kuss (The Kiss), arietta for voice & piano, Op. 128
  82. Es war einmal ein König, song for voice, men's choir & piano, Op. 75/3
  83. Irish Songs (12) for voice & piano trio, WoO 154: Oh! Would I were but that sweet linnet
  84. Irish Songs (12) for voice & piano trio, WoO 154: He promised me at parting
  85. Adelaide, song for voice & piano, Op. 46
  86. Marmotte ("Ich komme schon"), song for voice & piano, Op. 52/7
  87. Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur ("Himmel ruhmen des ewigen Ehre"), song for voice & piano, Op. 48/4
  88. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major, Op. 86: Kyrie
  89. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123: Gloria in excelsis Deo - Gratias agimus tibi
  90. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123: Et resurrexit tertia die - Credo in Spiritum Sanct
  91. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Overture
  92. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. O wär' ich shon
  93. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Mir ist so wunderbar
  94. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!
  95. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Abscheulicher!... Komm, Hoffnung
  96. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. O welche Lust! (Prisoners' Chorus)
  97. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 2. O namenlose Freude
  98. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 2. Wer ein holdes Weib errungen (Finale)

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