44 Songs, 7 Hours, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rattle and his extraordinary orchestra interpret the landmark symphonies of Beethoven. Although every great conductor has strengths and weakness, as well as preferences regarding recorded music, many of the finest modern conductors, from Bernstein to von Karajan and Toscanini, have interpreted Beethoven’s game-changing symphonies. The British conductor’s version of the Eroica is explosive and intuitive, bringing out the minutest and most vibrant details of the composer’s woodwind orchestration. The “Allegretto” from the seventh symphony is one of the most delicate and touching in recent memory, putting the spotlight on Beethoven’s mind-blowing counterpoint as well as on the phenomenal musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Rattle and his extraordinary orchestra interpret the landmark symphonies of Beethoven. Although every great conductor has strengths and weakness, as well as preferences regarding recorded music, many of the finest modern conductors, from Bernstein to von Karajan and Toscanini, have interpreted Beethoven’s game-changing symphonies. The British conductor’s version of the Eroica is explosive and intuitive, bringing out the minutest and most vibrant details of the composer’s woodwind orchestration. The “Allegretto” from the seventh symphony is one of the most delicate and touching in recent memory, putting the spotlight on Beethoven’s mind-blowing counterpoint as well as on the phenomenal musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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5:49
11:42
11:33
9:53
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9:02
4:34
9:55
11:35
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6 8:49
7 7:09
8 5:18
9 8:59
10 28:03
11 21:24

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Beethoven for our Time

JBBevan

I have the whole album (all nine) and am very glad. I find the recording to be technically as good as it gets in the digital era. This is a recording which puts the lie to the supposed superiority of “vinyl.” It is warm, never strident, and yet detailed. I have all of the cycles that Ehra45 refers to and still find this a worthy new addition. Sir Simon opts for rather brisk tempos and has a view of Beethoven that has nothing to do with the prissy salon…but a Beethoven of revolution. This is Beethoven with grit and yet played with a virtuosity that few orchestras can muster. I shall be returning to this set often.

Why?

AAGJMB

Seriously? Another series of the over-recorded Beethoven symphones because clasical music labels can't record things that haven't been recorded yet?

On a whole, Rattle is a great conductor, but these performances of the Beethoven symphonies are unremarkable in many ways. Better has already been done.

The difference is so obvious!

Efra45

The difference is so obvious! Take # 5 for example – if you do not hear a clear distinction in sound quality and superb interpretation of Klieber’s and this one – I am sorry – but something is wrong, either with your ears or from wherever you are listening from. If you don’t mind wasting $35 – then it’s ok… just my opinion.

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