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Beethoven: Symphonies / Sawallisch, Price, Lipovsek, Et Al


Release Date: 11/29/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92766   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Margaret PriceJan-Hendrik RooteringMarjana LipovsekPeter Seiffert
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraDüsseldorf Städtischer Musikvereins Chorus
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 5 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Wolfgang Sawallisch conducts appealing, bold, bravura, large-scale Beethoven performances that have tremendous sweep and energy. The orchestra is a joy to hear at all times. Some favorite moments are the precise trumpet interjections in the First Symphony's "Menuetto", which are usually lost in a welter of sound; the glorious horns in the third movement of the "Eroica"; and the consistently well-articulated, opulent sound of the strings.

" "Sawallisch's Second symphony makes an especially strong impression. Too often it receives a treatment that suggests it is simply the one "between" No. 1 and No. 3, but in capable hands, hitherto those of Monteux, Ansermet, and Beecham, it can
Read more seem like the best piece of the set. Sawallisch has the Concertgebouw players exceptionally charged in this work and the results are electrifying--one of the best performances in the catalog. The recorded sound is very resonant, though not lacking in detail."

"The taut and exciting Fourth and Seventh symphony performances are alive and exciting from beginning to end, they feature the virtuoso Concertgebouw Orchestra in top form, with a special mention for the glorious-sounding horns in the Seventh."

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com (From reviews for the original EMI Recordings)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 27 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 49 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 34 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1993 
Venue:  Live  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 25 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1991 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 34 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1991 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 37 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 32 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 43 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Margaret Price (Soprano), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass), Marjana Lipovsek (Alto),
Peter Seiffert (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Düsseldorf Städtischer Musikvereins Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Live  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 68 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 

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