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Beethoven: Legendary Recordings


Release Date: 12/06/2019 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19075973752  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Maureen ForresterLeontyne PriceDavid PoleriGiorgio Tozzi,   ... 
Conductor:  Bruno WalterGeorge SzellLeonard BernsteinFritz Reiner,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony OrchestraCleveland OrchestraNew York Philharmonic,   ... 
Number of Discs: 25 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ludwig van Beethoven remains among the most influential and admired composers of all time. Marking the 250th anniversary of his 1770 birth in the year 2020, Sony Classical is pleased to announce the upcoming release of “Beethoven – Legendary Recordings,” featuring a range of classic recordings that also celebrate Sony’s extensive catalog.

The cornerstone of Beethoven’s output is his nine symphonies, from the elegant First, through the groundbreaking Third (“Eroica”) and Fifth, to the revolutionary “Choral” Symphony including the ode “To Joy”, beloved worldwide as a symbol of freedom. This set combines legendary recordings of the complete symphonies, from artists including The Cleveland Orchestra with George Szell, the New
Read more York Philharmonic with Leonard Bernstein, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Fritz Reiner, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Charles Munch, who perform the Ninth alongside vocal soloists of the caliber of Leontyne Price and Maureen Forrester.

Beethoven’s five piano concertos are played here by pianist legends Arthur Rubinstein, Leon Fleisher and Glenn Gould, and the Violin Concerto by the unrivaled Jascha Heifetz. The renowned trio of Isaac Stern (violin), Leonard Rose (cello) and Eugene Istomin (piano) perform both the Triple Concerto and several Piano Trios, including the beautiful “Archduke.” Zino Francescatti and Robert Casadesus play violin sonatas, while Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax’s acclaimed partnership is heard in two cello sonatas.

The string quartet was another form that Beethoven revolutionized, in seventeen career-spanning works. Some of his finest quartets, including the late C-sharp minor op. 131, are among those included here at the hands of the Tokyo, Juilliard and Budapest String Quartets. A wide selection of piano sonatas is included in classic recordings, from Murray Perahia’s “Les Adieux” to Vladimir Horowitz’s “Waldstein” and Rudolf Serkin’s “Moonlight”, “Appassionata” and “Pathétique”. The monumental Diabelli Variations are here in a highly acclaimed contemporary recording: Igor Levit’s prize-winning interpretation, first released in 2016.

The set culminates in Beethoven’s legendary sacred work, the Missa solemnis, in a new remastering of Leonard Bernstein’s 1960 recording with the New York Philharmonic: music written, according to its composer, “From the heart – may it return to the heart!” It is a fitting conclusion to a celebration of a composer whose music still touches our hearts, 250 years after his birth.

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Selected review excerpts from previously released editions of recordings included in this volume:

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Munch, Boston Symphony:

Munch's 1958 Ninth has what has to be one of the angriest, most fiery first movements ever recorded. It's worth hearing for that alone, but there are other attractions as well, including a perfectly paced Adagio, and a very well-sung finale with some stellar names among the soloists.

– ClassicsToday.com (David Hurwitz)

Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 / Fleisher, Szell, Cleveland Orchestra:

Fleisher underlines Beethoven's harmonic tension by either distending or slightly speeding up certain runs and arpeggiated sequences, yet rarely at the expense of accuracy (the Fourth Concerto finale's rapid left-hand figurations are uncommonly clear), although he's not one to slave over making every long trill perfectly even and tapered. Under George Szell's eagle-eye, the Cleveland Orchestra members achieve staggering unanimity in regard to articulation and marcato phrasing.

– ClassicsToday.com (Jed Distler)

Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets / Artemis Quartet:

The Artemis performs the opening movement of the F major Quartet, Op. 18, with verve and a considerable yearning intensity. The extended Adagio has an abundance of human warmth with a serious inner intensity. Playing of reckless abandon combines with the unsettling chromaticism of the capricious Scherzo. The Artemis play the boisterous Finale with a compelling intensity.

A more uncompromising and often daunting proposition for some listeners is the late Quartet in E flat major. In the hands of the Artemis the opening movement flows relentlessly like a precipitous stream.

– MusicWeb International

Their account of Op. 130 must rank as one of the finest ever recorded, and their decision to perform the work with the Grosse Fuge as the rightful finale is fully vindicated by the overwhelming power and audacity of the interpretation.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/27/1964 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 49 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
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:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Written: 1808 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
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:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maureen Forrester (Alto), Leontyne Price (Soprano), David Poleri (Tenor),
Giorgio Tozzi (Bass)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1958 
10.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1955 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, MA 
Length: 37 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Golschmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/14/1961 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland 
Length: 33 Minutes 44 Secs. 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/10/1959 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland 
Length: 32 Minutes 9 Secs. 
17.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonard Rose (Cello), Isaac Stern (Violin), Eugene Istomin (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonard Rose (Cello), Isaac Stern (Violin), Eugene Istomin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810-1811; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2/27/1956 
23.
Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
25.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 4 in D major, Op. 9 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), William Primrose (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), Jacob Lateiner (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Zino Francescatti (Violin), Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Zino Francescatti (Violin), Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
30.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Zino Francescatti (Violin), Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
31.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
32.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
33.
Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D major, Op. 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello), Jascha Heifetz (Violin), William Primrose (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
34.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/6; Austria 
35.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1805-6 
36.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
37.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
38.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1826; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951 
39.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823-1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1952 
40.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798/1800; Austria 
41.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 6 in E flat major, Op. 70 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonard Rose (Cello), Isaac Stern (Violin), Eugene Istomin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
42.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonard Rose (Cello), Isaac Stern (Violin), Eugene Istomin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
43.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
44.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
45.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
46.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
47.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
48.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
49.
Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Igor Levit (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819-1823; Vienna, Austria 
50.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
51.
Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Charles Rosen (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
52.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
53.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
54.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
55.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
56.
Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Eileen Farrell (Soprano), Carol Smith (Alto), Richard Lewis (Tenor),
Kim Borg (Bass)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 77 Minutes 18 Secs. 
57.
Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1796; Vienna, Austria 
58.
Adelaide, Op. 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor), Frederick Schauwecker (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
59.
Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 

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