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Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies / Thielemann, Vienna Philharmonic [9 DVD]

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"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

C Major DVD presents the first Beethoven Cycle of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in full HD and 5.0 sound. This hardcover box contains performances by Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos 1 though 9, along with nine documentaries, on 9 DVDs or 3 Blu-Ray discs. The documentaries consist of nine one-hour-long films, one for each symphony. Maestro Thielemann and Joachim Kaiser (the respected German music critic) discuss and analyze in an entertaining conversational exchange Thielemann's interpretation, complemented by excerpts from rehearsals as well as by comparisons of Beethoven cycles with Karajan, Bernstein, Böum, and Järvi This is the Beethoven cycle of the 21st century! "Thielemanns reading of the Beethoven symphonies stands heads and shoulders above the countless and mostly undistinguishable versions on offer." Die Presse

MusicWeb International
Christian Thielemann and the crack players of the Vienna Philharmonic argue that perhaps there is still life the old school of Beethoven interpretation, and they (mostly) succeed convincingly.

MusicWeb International
In some ways this is a try-before-you-buy set, as Thielemann's interpretative decisions won't be to everyone's taste. However, the playing and the presentation surely will. The Vienna Philharmonic clearly enjoy a very close relationship with this conductor and they seem to relish the opportunity to play with him. The beauty of the string sound and the character of the wind playing are second to none, and they are captured brilliantly in the splendour of the Muskiverein. Furthermore, the quality of the surround sound is excellent: the centre speaker is perhaps a little too prominent, but the immersive experience is most effective. Each director manages to capture the picture well too, putting the eye where the ear suggests it should be... this set would demand the attention of most music-lovers. Thielemann's Beethoven is rigorous, intellectual and well considered, even if you don't always agree with him, and the playing is outstanding throughout. Unitel has given us an interpretation which won't replace the classics but is worthy to sit alongside them, a bold attempt to recapture and redefine Beethoven for the 21st century.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 956 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



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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 : 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

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1807-1808

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>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); Masako Fujimura (Contralto); Annette Dasch (Soprano); Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822-1824