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The first choice for Beethoven

This is one of the most important Beethoven releases of recent times. Haitink may now be one of music's elder statesmen but rather than conducting Beethoven the way he always has done (which was always very well) he has radically revised his approach. He uses Jonathan Del Mar's excellent new editions of the scores but also draws on the wisdom of a lifetime conducting Beethoven. The music sounds fresh and vital.

There are no weak links in the cycle but 4, 5 and 6 in particular are outstanding. The 9th is truly amazing with some extraordinary playing from the orchestra.

Very disappointed

All of the reviews said that this was a great collection of the nine symphonies, so I bought it. I as a musician that has performed all of the symphonies various times was very dissapointed in what I bought. This ensemble sounds great, but I hate the conductor's interpertation of the nine symphonies. This would be a great collection for the average listener or those that like very fast tempi, however not for the trained musician or listener. I recomend the Bernstein recordings.

What a deal!

I have been looking for a complete Beethoven cycle for a while, and am glad I came across this before I went and spent $40 on any of the other cycles out there. The LSO is a performance group like none other, and that is apparent in this recording. If I had to say one thing bad about the album, it would be that the tempo of the 5th is a faster tempo than I am used to hearing, and it doesn't seem as powerful as some other recordings I have heard, such as Solti's interpretation. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoy this CD. And thank you, Itunes, for the great price! A must have.


Born: March 4, 1929 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Bernard Johann Herman Haitink built a reputation as one of the finest conductors of the 20th Century with a wide repertory and meticulous yet warm and exciting performances. He studied violin at Amsterdam Conservatory, and began his musical career as a violinist in the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. He took conducting studies with Felix Hupka when he was at conservatory and then two Netherlands Radio Union conducting courses with Ferdinand Leitner. He was named second conductor with the Radio Union,...
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9, Bernard Haitink
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Sep 12, 2006

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