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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Michael Gielen [5 CDs]

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  1. Beethoven — Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Beethoven — Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: II. Andante cantabile con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Beethoven — Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: III. Menuetto - Allegro molto e vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Beethoven — Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: IV. Finale: Adagio - Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Beethoven — Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": I. Allegro con brio
  6. Beethoven — Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
  7. Beethoven — Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Beethoven — Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": IV. Finale: Allegro molto
  9. Beethoven — Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: I. Adagio molto - Allegro molto
  10. Beethoven — Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: II. Larghetto
  11. Beethoven — Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: III. Scherzo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Beethoven — Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: IV. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Beethoven — Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
  14. Beethoven — Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Beethoven — Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Beethoven — Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Beethoven — Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
  18. Beethoven — Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Beethoven — Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Beethoven — Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: IV. Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Beethoven — Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: I. Allegro vivace e con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Beethoven — Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: II. Allegretto scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Beethoven — Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: III. Tempo di menuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Beethoven — Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: IV. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Beethoven — Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Beethoven — Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: II. Andante con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Beethoven — Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Beethoven — Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: IV. Allegro
  29. Beethoven — Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral": I. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande (Awakening of joyful feelings upon arri
  30. Beethoven — Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral": II. Szene am Bach (Scene by the brook): Andante molto mosso
  31. Beethoven — Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral": III. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Cheerful gathering of country folk): Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Beethoven — Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral": IV. Gewitter, Sturm (Thunderstorm): Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Beethoven — Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
  34. Beethoven — Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": II. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Presto
  35. Beethoven — Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral": III. Adagio molto e cantabile

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Michael Gielen is in many ways the "elder statesman" among conductors. His experience and breadth of interests is reflected in this Beethoven cycle, recorded over a period of just three years. As the former chief conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, he follows in his interpretive decisions with complete abandon. Gielen's orchestral conducting is compelling and high-spirited, and as always, penetrating in its insight and clarity.

Fanfare Magazine
This set is far too good to brush aside because of the programming glitches. This is, easily, the greatest digital set of the Beethoven symphonies yet issued.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Unless you're from Montreal, you'll be interested in the music, which is quite nicely done. The opening movement is strong and muscular, almost a minute slower than Gielen, but still moving ahead with confidence (and hardly suggesting human misery). The scherzo is considerably quicker than Gielen's puzzling pace and much more satisfying. The Adagio is by the clock about the same as Gielen, but Nagano achieves a better sense of tranquility, and he is more sensitive to Beethoven's dramatic modulations. The finale, taken quickly like Gielen, is hampered by the sonics, which place the soloists and chorus too far away. (The perspective is a concert hall with soloists in front of the chorus, not in front of the orchestra.) Other than the question of balances the performance is quite fine, musical and well shaped (though soloists and chorus sometimes seem to struggle to keep up with Nagano's tempos). In many respects this is preferable to Gielen's reading and a fine testimony to Nagano and his troops.

MusicWeb International, 12th August 2013
In my opinion, all things considered, Gielen's is now the most consistently satisfying Beethoven symphony set available, from any era...A firm sense of the work's architecture, or structural integrity, is always juxtaposed with an absolute treasure trove of surprisingly rendered inner detail.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus Freiburg.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Ensemble: SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (02/16/2000-02/18/2000)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (02/16/2000-02/18/2000)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (06/16/1998-06/17/1998)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1801-1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (06/16/1998-06/17/1998)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (01/21/2000-01/22/2000)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1807

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (01/21/2000-01/22/2000)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (11/29/1997/12/01/1997)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (11/29/1997/12/01/1997)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Freiburg (07/15/1999-07/16/1999)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824