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Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies / Christian Thielemann

Audio Samples

>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
>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 7 in A major, Op. 92
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"

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
>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 7 in A major, Op. 92
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Christian Thielemann and the Wiener Philharmoniker have created between them a new way of hearing the Beethoven Symphonies. While the approach may sound radical to those used to Klemperer, Bernstein and others, it is a revolutionary and deeply creative effort. First, in listening to these recordings, one can hear every section of the orchestra with complete clarity, in perfect balance, one not overriding the other, and with the greatest sensitivity to the rich tones of which each instrument and orchestral section is capable. I've not heard anything like this in any other recording, which now seem muddy and heavy handed by comparison.

Thielemann himself explains his approach in the accompanying DVD as combining what's been learned through hearing what are now traditional approaches to Beethoven's music with the newer tradition to attempt to hear what Beethoven might have intended the symphonies to sound like by the use of period instruments (such as was done by Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music). He certainly takes liberties with traditional tempi and other aspects of the symphonies, but in doing so, forces us to listen more closely to their incredible richness. As an example, the lyrical feeling brought to the third movement of the Ninth Symphony was so astonishing, I had to listen to it twice the first time I played it. And the choir in the fourth movement achieves a power that will knock you down. Run, do not walk, to the nearest classical music outlet for these symphonies." -Customer Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Goldener Saal der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vien.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 27 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1800
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Running Time: 33 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1801-1802
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Running Time: 55 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1803
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Running Time: 36 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1807
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Running Time: 33 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Running Time: 44 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Running Time: 37 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Running Time: 27 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Running Time: 46 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824
  • Studio/Live: Live