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Beethoven: Symphonies 7, 8 & 9 / Thielemann, Vienna PO [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>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"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Thielemann's reading of the Beethoven symphonies stands heads and shoulders about the countless and mostly undistinguishable versions on offer." - Die Presse The "Beethoven cycle of the 21st century" continues with Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic's renditions of the seventh, eighth and ninth symphonies. The soloists for Symphony No. 9 include Annette Dasch, Piotr Beczala, Georg Zeppenfeld, and Mihoku Fujimura. Available as either three DVDs or one BluRay disc in full HD and 5.0 sound, this latest installment includes an entertaining hour-long film for each of the three symphonies. In these "Discovering Beethoven" documentaries, conductor Christian Thielemann and renowned German music critic Joachim Kaiser discuss and analyze the Maestro's interpretations, complemented by rehearsal footage as well as clips of historical Beethoven performances by the likes of Karajan and Bernstein.

"The performances, the Vienna Philharmonic on top form, can't help sounding wonderful...oddly, it is the discussions that are the most enjoyable elements in this ambitious set." -BBC Music Magazine***

"This is growling, mane-shaking Beethoven: a traditional approach to the music with full sound and large forces. But just because it's big boned doesn't mean it's not elegant. Thielemann takes a precise yet lyrical approach to the music, as he discusses and demonstrates in the three hour-long accompanying musicological discussions." -Classic FM Magazine****

Fanfare
The video and audio production is outstanding, with the string-heavy orchestral balance obviously Thielemann's choice rather than that of the engineers. The camera angles are well judged, the cuts keyed logically to the score... The sharpness of the focus is remarkable, especially in the shots of Thielemann against a very crisp background of audience and hall... the fact that this installment of Thielemann's Beethoven cycle - entering a market overloaded with Beethoven cycles - makes me want to investigate the rest of the series is high recommendation indeed.

Fanfare
Thielemann has to be the first musician I have encountered who is prepared to share his trade secrets so congenially, calmly and concisely explaining every one of his interpretative decisions (or solutions) in layman's terms... the Vienna Philharmonic plays beautifully... The soloists in the Ninth are also good. Annette Dasch is an especially vibrant and animated performer... The chorus sings with clean precision... Thielemann is pretty swift throughout these symphonies...

MusicWeb International
The bonus feature on this disc, Discovering Beethoven, contains almost three hours of commentary on the three symphonies by Thielemann and musicologist Joachim Kaiser. It is a considerable add-on, well worth your while.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 326 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.0
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1811-1812

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
  • Performers: Georg Zeppenfeld (Bass); Mihoko Fujimura (Mezzo Soprano); Annette Dasch (Soprano); Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822-1824