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Gunter Wand conducts Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1-9


Release Date: 05/25/2018 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19075818872  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony Classical is pleased to announce another ten releases in its increasingly comprehensive series of Classical Masters. These new budget-priced releases contain classic recordings, many of them newly remastered, by some of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Once again, the series offers cornerstones of the symphonic repertoire, including two complete cycles. In the late 1980s, Günter Wand, one of the most respected interpreters of the Austro-German repertoire, recorded all the Beethoven symphonies with his Hamburg Radio (NDR) Symphony Orchestra. It is still a benchmark. Reviewing the complete cycle a few years ago, ClassicsToday.com wrote: “This is one of the most consistent of all modern Beethoven editions, capped by Read more a Ninth that stands among the select performances of that work on disc … One of the things that makes these performances so special is Wand’s ability to create a truly athletic feeling of movement at any tempo, and in order to do that he has to pay attention not just to tiny details, but also to larger phrases and musical paragraphs … The Fifth Symphony has all of the grit and grandeur that Beethoven intended … the funeral march in the “Eroica” is one of the most noble on disc … the “Pastoral” captures the music’s earthiness and rusticity with memorable fidelity … Exceptionally well recorded, this Beethoven cycle belongs in every serious collection.” Read less

Works on This Recording

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

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 mostly well done May 1, 2019 By j. shelton (Alsea, OR) See All My Reviews "I liked all the performances on this collection except the 9th which was probably the worst performance I've heard. The warbling singers were totally inappropriate." Report Abuse
 Top Three Beethoven Symphony Sets August 8, 2018 By James B. (Ballston Lake, NY) See All My Reviews "Ive had the individual Wand Beethoven cd'for several years and they are getting a bit ragged, Nice to have this compact set of one of the best Beethoven symphony cycles." Report Abuse
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