The Ultimate Most Relaxing Beethoven in the Universe

The Ultimate Most Relaxing Beethoven in the Universe


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The Ultimate Most Relaxing Beethoven in the Universe

Notwithstanding its silly title, Denon's The Ultimate Most Relaxing Beethoven in the Universe is actually an enjoyable compilation of slow movements taken from several of the sonatas, chamber works, and symphonies, and one that lacks any of the minor problems associated with other titles in this series. Where some of Denon's Ultimate twofers are slightly misleading in their content or variable in sound quality, this double disc delivers what it advertises, and the reproduction is well balanced and exceptional throughout the set. The list of performers is impressive, including pianist Bruno-Leonardo Gelber, the Smetana Quartet, the Vienna Chamber Ensemble, and the Berliner Staatskapelle, among others, in performances that are clean and sensitively played, often at the highest levels of musicianship. While no one should consider this package the only Beethoven collection ever needed -- indeed, one should learn his works as complete pieces, and not settle for excerpts -- this compilation is a decent introduction that reveals the gentle, reflective side of the composer and his most profound expressions, particularly in the slow movements of such masterpieces as the "Piano Sonata No. 14, Moonlight," the "String Quartet No. 16," and the "Symphony No. 9, Choral."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2007
Label: Denon Records
UPC: 0795041766823
catalogNumber: 17668
Rank: 286293


  1. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: Adagio
  2. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: 2. Adagio cantabile
  3. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: Allegretto
  4. Sonata for flute & piano in B flat major, Kinsky-Halm Anh 4: Largo
  5. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: 2. Larghetto
  6. String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135: 3. Lento assai - cantante e tranquillo
  7. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
  8. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Excerpt
  9. Sextet for 2 horns & string quartet in E flat major, Op. 81b: Adagio
  10. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
  11. Piano Trio in B flat major ("Archduke"), Op. 97: 3. Andante cantabile
  12. String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
  13. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  14. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 2. Andante molto mosso

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