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Deutsche Grammophon's Essential Beethoven Box


Release Date: 10/02/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000966672  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hilde Rössl-MajdanGundula JanowitzWalter BerryWaldemar Kmentt,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanEugen JochumKurt SanderlingKarl Böhm,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraVienna SingvereinVienna Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 23 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

ArkivMusic and Deutsche Grammophon present an exclusive, limited edition package of definitive performances of the masterworks of Beethoven.

On 22 discs, here is the essential music of Ludwig van Beethoven: the complete symphonies, complete concertos, complete string quartets, the "name" sonatas and more, in definitive performances from the stars of the Deutsche Grammophon catalog. The complete 1962/63 Symphony Cycle of Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, Maurizio Pollini's complete piano concertos, the eminent violinists; David Oistrakh, Anne Sophie-Mutter, and Gidon Kremer, Wilhelm Kempff's piano sonatas, the Amadeus, Emerson, and LaSalle String Quartets... in all, a star studded set
Read more unparalleled for performance standards in a single package.



BONUS DISC: The legendary recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with Carlos Kleiber conducting the Vienna Philharmonic!

ON THE SYMPHONIES
"This Berlin Philharmonic [Symphony] cycle is one of the greatest Beethoven series ever committed to disc, both as orchestral performance and conductor's interpretation, and also as recording... This was the first set of the Nine to be planned, recorded and sold as an integral cycle. It was initially released as an eight-LP subscription set, handsomely boxed and annotated... That the cycle would be something remarkable, had been flagged in advance by the live concert cycles Karajan and the Berliners had given in Berlin, Paris, London and New York. “Karajan presented the symphonies plus high fidelity”, Sir Neville Cardus wrote in one of his London reviews. Though he remained out of love with much that Karajan did and stood for, even he could not withhold a certain gasp of wonder for Beethoven \playing of such pith and intensity…" Gramophone

ON THE STRING QUARTETS
"Turning to the Amadeus’s celebrated 1961 set of the complete Op. 18 Quartets (taped in the Beethovensaal)... Many readers will happily recall the salient features of these fine performances: powerful sforzandos, ample phrasal flexibility, taut development sections, occasional use of portamento, expressive vibrato (wider with Norbert Brainin than with his fellow musicians) and an immaculate sense of timing." -- Gramophone

"The [Emerson String Quartet] performances are certainly of exceptional quality – destined, I’d guess, to be regarded as one of the famous Beethoven sets in years to come. For one thing, it’s a great pleasure to hear these demanding works played by such a perfectly balanced group – one is aware of all the fascinating textural details as though listening with Beethoven’s mind’s eye, as it were. Still on the technical level, the Emerson have an apparently effortless rhythmical poise and control that enables them to adopt some very daring speeds (usually those of the composer’s own metronome indications), creating an atmosphere of intense excitement and unstoppable energy... The Emerson’s brilliant technique is allied to a firm collective musical grasp... these are performances of tremendous integrity and expertise; we can all be delighted and enlightened by them." -- Gramophone

"The long-disbanded LaSalle Quartet are nowadays celebrated primarily for their compelling recorded interpretations of twentieth-century music and these performances are notably attentive to the forward-looking elements in ‘late’ Beethoven, the minute gradations in dynamics (often within a single bar), the daring gestures (particularly in the Grosse Fuge) and the barely repressed Angst that tears at the outer movements of Op. 132. Above all, the LaSalle refuse to pussyfoot around the music; theirs is an urgent, life-affirming approach... They were made in the Beethovensaal, Hanover, between 1972 and 1977 and witnessed a change of cellist (Lee Fiser replacing Jack Kirstein), although all six performances bear the hallmarks of a superb quartet totally at one with some of the repertoire’s greatest music." -- Gramophone

ON THE PIANO SONATAS
"Kempff’s insight remains unsurpassed... the magic of Kempff leaves me in wonder, his magnetism, his unfailing sense of spontaneity, his ability to clarify textures with astonishingly clean articulation and sharp dynamic contrasts, and not least his lyrical flow, with extreme speeds generally avoided." -- Gramophone

ON THE PIANO CONCERTOS
"In Pollini's first Beethoven concerto... The beautifully structured opening tutti makes for compulsive listening. Jochum uses just the right amount of 'give' for the liquid second subject. Pollini contributes a compendium of his finest attributes throughout the performance: a staggering technique, great intellect and, in the second movement, real communion with the players of the Vienna Philharmonic (the clarinet solos are meltingly beautiful). Pollini's sound is positively glacial, enabling the most intricate detail to come through. He opts for the long third cadenza in the first movement, bringing an (uncharacteristic?) wit to its end. If the Rondo is not entirely 'scherzando', it remains entirely consistent with Pollini's vision." -- MusicWeb International

"Pollini's 1976 recording of the G major Concerto with Bohm is masterly, one of the finest in the catalogue." -- Gramophone

ON THE PIANO TRIOS
"Central here are the performances by the Kempff-Szeryng-Fournier Trio, recorded in 1969-70 and sounding warm and clear in these transfers. As interpretations they are consistently remarkably natural, whether searching the depths in slow movements or delighting in the wit of Beethoven’s scherzos... it’s hard to think of a better all-round recommendation." -- Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
2.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Mezzo Soprano), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone),
Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
10.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:   Live Musikverein, Vienna 
11.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna 
12.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1794; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1977 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1977 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna 
15.
Romance in E minor for Piano, Flute, Bassoon and Orchestra, Hess 13 [fragment] by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Myung-Whun Chung (Piano), Patrick Gallois (Flute), Pascal Gallois (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Bonn, Germany 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1978 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna 
17.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mark Zeltser (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1979 
Venue:  Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin 
18.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1979 
Venue:  Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin 
19.
Concerto movement for Violin in C major, WoO 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Emil Tchakarov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Bonn, Germany 
20.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2/1961 
Venue:  Wembley Town-Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
21.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2/1961 
Venue:  Wembley Town-Hall, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
22.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
23.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
24.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
25.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
26.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798/1800 
27.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798/1800 
28.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
29.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Written: 1805-6 
30.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
31.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 
32.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
33.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Written: 1810 
34.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaSalle String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823-1825; Vienna, Austria 
35.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaSalle String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
36.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaSalle String Quartet
Written: 1826 
37.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaSalle String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
38.
Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaSalle String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
39.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  LaSalle String Quartet
Written: 1826 
40.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
41.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
42.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
43.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
44.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
45.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
46.
Minuets (6) for Piano, WoO 10: no 2 in G major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1795; Vienna, Austria 
47.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
48.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
49.
Rondo for Violin and Piano in G major, WoO 41 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1794; Vienna, Austria 
50.
German Dances (6) for Violin and Piano, WoO 42 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Bruno Canino (Piano), David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
51.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
52.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
53.
King Stephan, Op. 117: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
54.
Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
55.
Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
56.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
57.
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
58.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
59.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
60.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810-1811; Vienna, Austria 
61.
Bagatelles (11) for Piano, Op. 119 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820-1822; Vienna, Austria 
62.
Bagatelles (7) for Piano, Op. 33 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
63.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
64.
Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
65.
Presto for Piano in C minor, WoO 52 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1795; Vienna, Austria 
66.
Allegretto for Piano in C major, WoO 56 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
67.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony no 2: I. Adagio molto -- Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto no 4: I. Allegro moderato
Leonore Overture no 3
Violin Concerto: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Sonata no 5 "Spring": I. Allegro
Symphony no 5 (Kleiber): IV. Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 The Best of the Best October 4, 2013 By B. Ellison (San Jose, CA) See All My Reviews "It has been stated that “Deutsche Grammophon’s Complete Beethoven Edition of 1997 was one of the great events in recording history.” Unfortunately, I missed out on that event and have regretted it ever since and so, when I came across DG’s Essential Beethoven Box, I wasted no time in purchasing it. One of the main reasons I did so is because I consider the Essential Beethoven to be, in way, the “Best of The Complete Beethoven Edition.” A number of the performers, ensembles and orchestras that appeared in the Complete Beethoven are included in the Essential Beethoven and many of their recordings are considered classic. For example, you have Herbert von Karajan’s early 1960’s symphony cycle with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra along with Wilhelm Kempff’s recordings of Beethoven’s most famous piano sonatas. Other artists of note include the legendary conductors Eugen Jochum and Carlos Kleiber as well as performers such as Maurizio Pollini and Anne-Sophie Mutter. With regard to orchestras and ensembles, some of the very best are part of the Essential Beethoven such as the aforementioned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Amadeus and Emerson String Quartets. The Complete Beethoven Edition was an awesome undertaking back in the day, but it also came with an awesome price tag and if you are trying to locate a copy today through secondary markets, it would be even more expensive. Therefore, the Essential Beethoven Box offers a nice compromise. It includes some of the best material from the Beethoven Edition and at an affordable price. Of course, if you are looking to acquire Beethoven’s complete works, there are sets available today that are reasonably priced; however, they can be a mixed bag. If, on the other hand, you are looking to acquire only the best or essential Beethoven works and you want those works to be some of the best recordings along with some of the greatest orchestras, conductors and performers of the last century, then the Essential Beethoven Box is the one to get. It offers top-notch performances along with quality sound, comes in a nicely packaged, compact box with a 28-page booklet and will provide many hours of first-rate Beethoven entertainment, all for a decent price. What more could you ask?" Report Abuse
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