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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 09/11/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000971902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded 1972 and 1974. Remastered in 2007.

"Solti's first cycle with his own Chicago Orchestra has a firm centrality to it, following the outstandingly successful version of the Ninth with which he started the series. The performance of the Eroica has comparable qualities, with expansive, steady tempi and a dedicated, hushed account of the slow movement. The CD transfers bring an admirable consistency, with plenty of weight in the bass balancing the bright top register. At bargain price, Solti admirers should not miss this set, particularly as these performances are more satisfying than those in his later, digital series." - PENGUIN GUIDE, 2003/04 Edition
Recorded 1972 and 1974. Remastered in 2007.

"Solti's first cycle with his own Chicago Orchestra has a firm centrality to it, following the outstandingly successful version of the Ninth with which he started the series. The performance of the Eroica has comparable qualities, with expansive, steady tempi and a dedicated, hushed account of the slow movement. The CD transfers bring an admirable consistency, with plenty of weight in the bass balancing the bright top register. At bargain price, Solti admirers should not miss this set, particularly as these performances are more satisfying than those in his later, digital series." - PENGUIN GUIDE, 2003/04 Edition
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21: 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21: 2. Andante cantabile con moto
Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21: 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21: 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36: 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36: 2. Larghetto
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36: 3. Scherzo (Allegro)
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36: 4. Allegro molto
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 1. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 4. Finale (Allegro molto)
Overture "Egmont", Op.84
Overture "Coriolan", Op.62

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 The Best Ever April 3, 2012 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "This cycle of the big nine by Solti and CSO is far and away my favorite. Solti understands Beethoven and gives the music all the attention it deserves in every aspect. The quiet passages are perfectly executed and the slam bang Beethoven is never bridled or abridged. All the repeats are taken and the instruments in the orchestra are the ones that are written for by the composer. Unlike Karajan, Solti takes his ego out of it and doesn't attempt to be more clever than Beethoven. This set is a must for any serious Beethoven fan." Report Abuse
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