Notes & Reviews:
Beethoven's symphonies each of them being a masterpiece in itself represent a certain stage in the composer's life. Beethoven himself said "Symphonies are the best representation of my true self. I always seem to hear within me the sound of a great orchestra." He only composed nine symphonies but each one is unique and prepares the way for the next. His most popular symphonies, Nos. 3, 5, and 9, are some of the most well-known classical pieces.
In this 5-CD set, French conductor Andre Cluytens leads the Berliner Philharmoniker - the conductor's first recording of the Beethoven cycle. Cluytens was regarded as a highly versatile conductor during his lifetime. While most conductors have placed emphasis on the odd-numbered symphonies and were reserved on the even-numbered symphonies, Cluytens voids this usual distinction.