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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden


Release Date: 11/01/2019 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 96040  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Peter SchreierMarga SchimlTheo AdamHelena Döse
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle DresdenLeipzig Radio ChorusDresden State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Herbert Blomstedt's Beethoven cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the great ones, as much for the magnificent playing of this finest of all German orchestras as for Blomstedt's effortlessly musical interpretations. The only possible weak link here might be the first movement of the Fifth, which lacks the sheer intensity that, say, Carlos Kleiber brings to it. On the other hand, Blomstedt's more emotionally balanced conception is so well realized that I'm inclined to give him credit for bringing off an unconventional interpretation, particularly as the remainder of the symphony lacks for nothing in excitement or sheer power.

Highlights of this cycle are many: a grand and
Read more glorious Eroica, a lithe and lyrical Second and Fourth, a pellucid Sixth with luminous wind playing, an exciting Ninth sporting fantastically buoyant strings in the Scherzo and a marvelously well sung finale, and a transcendentally great performance of the Seventh, with rip-roaring horns and perfect pacing throughout. The recordings, made in Dresden's Lucaskirche in the late 1970s and early '80s, put a silvery sheen around the players (winds especially) and strike an excellent balance between clarity and warmth. At the Brilliant Classics price, you can't afford not to own this set. [6/23/2002]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Written: 1808 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Peter Schreier (Tenor), Marga Schiml (Mezzo Soprano), Theo Adam (Bass),
Helena Döse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 A magnificent set March 28, 2020 By Robert G. (Bayfield, CO) See All My Reviews "I will preface this by saying that I am not an officianado, nor am I able to compare these recordings with other recordings of the same works in any detail. With that in mind I feel that I can safely say that comparing the performances in this set with all the singles I have of these 9 symphonies featuring equally prominent conductors and symphonies/coral groups this is one magnificent set. Nothing I can criticize, and I highly recommend it. The jewel box is quite ingenious but does take some getting used to." Report Abuse
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