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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1-4 / Copenhagen PO; Lan Shui

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Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This Orchid Classics release presents the first volume, consisting of the first four symphonies, of the Copenhagen Philharmonic's new and complete traversal of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 1-9 with their chief conductor, Lan Shui. Typically for this orchestra, when playing Beethoven and other classical repertoire, the modern timpani and brass instruments are changed for copies of instruments from Beethoven's time, resulting in a unique and compelling sound. As its Chief Conductor since the 2007/08 season, Mr. Shui and the Copenhagen Philharmonic have been garnering considerable international critical acclaim for their concert and recording efforts. Founded in 1843, the Copenhagen Philharmonic is one of five nationally-supported Danish orchestras charged collectively with bringing classical music to the entire country, as well as engaging in activities aimed at the dissemination of classical music and culture to children and young adults, both inside and outside the school environment.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
It's not easy to play Beethoven at these speeds, and the Copenhagen Philharmonic does so with aplomb. The sound is excellent. The notes deal more with Shui's approach and the players than the music. In a way, that says everything. These performances are more about theories than music. I might keep the set for the first two symphonies.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Cope.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Lan Shui
  • Ensemble: Copenhagen Philharmonicá
  • Running Time: 24 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Lan Shui
  • Running Time: 30 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1801-1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
  • Conductor: Lan Shui
  • Running Time: 42 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Lan Shui
  • Running Time: 31 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1807