Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 3 / Thielemann/Vienna PO [3 DVD]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont Overture, Op. 84A
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 - 9, including a one-hour documentary for each symphony. The Beethoven cycle of the 21st century! Documentaries include legendary footage of performances from Karajan, Bernstein, Böhm, Järvi, etc. This is the first Beethoven Cycle of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in full HD and 5.0 sound. "Thielemanns reading of the Beethoven symphonies stands heads and shoulders above the countless and mostly undistinguishable versions on offer." -Die Presse

Fulvue Drive-in - Nicholas Sheffo
The amazingly talented Christian Thielemann conducts Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 1, 2, & 3 in an exceptional concert release arriving from C Major in both a single Blu-ray and 3-DVD Set. A companion with a similar Beethoven Symphony 4, 5 & 6 program just issued (we did not cover it), it is a masterful interpretation worthy of the best recordings you have heard and this is a solid release, enhanced by no less than an informative booklet and three documentaries on the subject: Discovering Beethoven with Joachim Kaiser and Christian Thielemann, with an hour devoted to each masterpiece composition. The DVD set is nice, but I preferred the Blu-ray all around for its superior performance (especially that sound!) and convenience of storage. The DTS-HD (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is amazing and the Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD is good for that format, but just cannot handle the sonic range of the soundmaster.

Infodad.com
The same is true of the Beethoven performances, on DVD or Blu-ray, with Christian Thielemann and the always outstanding Vienna Philharmonic - but these releases have more visual punch to them, not because of the symphonies themselves but because of their accompaniments. Thielemann's readings are well paced, full of understanding of Beethoven's structural innovations and emotional underpinnings, and played with the Vienna Philharmonic's ever-present silky strings and gorgeous complementary wind, brass and percussion sections. The readings are not especially innovative or revelatory, but they are exceptionally well done in a fairly straightforward way, and the orchestral playing alone is a huge attraction. However, in terms of buying the videos rather than the same or similar performances on CD, the Thielemann offering provides something worthwhile: three hour-long "Discovering Beethoven" films, one per symphony, featuring Thielemann in conversation with the very well-known German music critic, Joachim Kaiser. The films go beyond talk, too, including excerpts from performances by other conductors (Bernstein, Böhm, Karajan, et al.), so viewers-cum-listeners have a chance to compare specific points of interpretation while also learning about Beethoven in his historical as well as musical context. Each of these supplementary documentaries lasts longer than the symphony that it discusses, and some of the points are on the abstruse side - or at least beyond what is necessary for enjoyment of the music. Listeners already familiar with this music may learn some fascinating tidbits about the works and their composer, but whether they will learn enough to make the purchase of these video versions worthwhile is difficult to say - especially since, while most people will want to hear the symphonies again and again, few are likely to want to replay the documentaries time after time. There is very definitely added value to this DVD set or Blu-ray Disc offering, but that fact does not make the Thielemann Beethoven any sort of must-have in video form.

Superconductor
Hi-def high-quality Beethoven from Christian Thielemann, the German conductor whose whole career has been a determined throwback to the great kapellmeisters of the past: Hans Richter and Arthur Nikisch. These are visual records of the Vienna Philharmonic playing these great works in the legendary Musikverein.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 326 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1807

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont Overture, Op. 84A
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1801-1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1803