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Excellent Selection

This album was a fantastic base from which to work up what I call "the classical ladder of enlightenment." Fur Elise was excellent, as was the violin concerto, but the very best was a part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. From this I bought other albums so I could listen to the entire symphonies in their "entireity." However, I think that this album had selected the very best parts of his work.


The album opens with a very rushed Symphony No. 5 and doesn't really improve with the other tracks. Recording quality is just so-so.

Good but not complete

If you had to fill a CD with 80 Minutes of Beethoven, this would probably be the best choice. However There is sooooo much good Beethoven selection out there. So I'd say inadequate, but if you need the basics it works.


Genre: Classical

Stefan Vladar is a prominent Austrian pianist. Well before he reached the age of 30, he was the winner of a major competition, had appeared with many famous conductors and orchestras in Europe and America, and had made several important recordings. But like many successful pianists from the latter-twentieth century, he wanted to branch out into other areas: he first served as director of various musical events and then became a conductor. While his choices in repertory have favored the German School...
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