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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Michael Gielen [5 CDs]

> Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral" - I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
> Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral" - II. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Presto
> Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral" - III. Adagio molto e cantabile
> Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral" - IV. Schlusschor aus Schillers Ode, "An die Freude" (Final chorus from Schiller's, "Ode to Joy") - Finale: Presto - Allegro assai - Presto - Recitative: O Freunde, nicht diese Tone
> Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral" - I. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande | (Awakening of joyful feelings upon arriving in the countryside): Allegro ma non troppo
> Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral" - II. Szene am Bach (Scene by the brook): Andante molto mosso
> Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral" - III. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Cheerful gathering of country folk): Allegro
> Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral" - IV. Gewitter, Sturm (Thunderstorm): Allegro
> Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral" - V. Hirtengesang: Frohe und dankbare Gefuhle nach dem Sturm (Shepherd's song: Happy and thankful feelings after the storm): Allegretto

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