This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
All of the discs in this set have been reviewed individually, and in detail. Still, it's worth pointing out that this is unquestionably one of the great Beethoven cycles, and on SACD there's certainly none better. Osmo Vänskä manages to have the best of both worlds--an interpretive perspective enhanced by the latest scholarship, as performed by a great orchestra on a mission. And this is exactly what Beethoven needs: a point of view, and total commitment. There are no weak performances here. In the "Eroica" I was just a touch disappointed in the first movement whenRead more Vänskä's pursuit of the barely audible pianissimo threatened to become a mannerism, but that is about the only criticism possible to level at this set.
His Fifth blazes; the Seventh offers the apotheosis of excitement that never spins out of control. The early symphonies have charm and humor in abundance. The Fourth and Eighth reveal Beethoven's masterly command of movement and proportion with effortless enthusiasm. In the Sixth we find a perfect balance between programmatic description and symphonic logic. It's all capped by one of the great Ninths, with a perfectly timed Adagio and a gloriously sung finale. If you haven't been purchasing these discs as they were released, then get the box. It's one of the few cycles that maintains the highest standards all the way through, and the sonics are uniformly stunning.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"by Ludwig van Beethoven Performer:
Daniel Norman (Tenor),
Helena Juntunen (Soprano),
Neal Davies (Bass Baritone),
Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano),
Neal Davies (Bass Baritone)
Period: Classical Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: January, 2006 Venue: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Length: 65 Minutes 46 Secs. Language: German
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"by Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor:
Period: Classical Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria Venue: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota Length: 49 Minutes 54 Secs.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93by Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor:
Period: Classical Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria Venue: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota Length: 25 Minutes 25 Secs.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60by Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor:
Period: Classical Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 05/01/2004 Venue: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota Length: 33 Minutes 37 Secs.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67by Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor:
Period: Classical Written: 1807 Date of Recording: 04/30/2004 Venue: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota Length: 32 Minutes 36 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 5 Customer Reviews )
ComtrastOctober 16, 2016By anthony f. See All My Reviews"Wonderfull Orchestra and conductor. However, some of the quiet passages were so quiet that I had to turn up the volumn,only to have to turn down volumn later . At one point I thought my CD player was not working."Report Abuse
Beethoven Symphonies collection - vanskaNovember 15, 2014By Jeff Schoenwald (Thousand Oaks, CA)See All My Reviews"On the one hand, Vanska's leading of the Minnesota Orchestra has a somewhat smaller and more intimate sound, like a chamber orchestra, rather than the more powerful sounds we expect (especially I'm the ninth) from many major orchestras. On the other hand, there is a lot of detail and shading that Vanska brings out that I just don't get with other renditions. The disciple seems excellent, but them, what do I know. I bought this set on a whim, adding it to many sets that I have, including Toscanini, Von Karajan, Weller, and others, and am glad to have it for the different style of delivery and attention to subtlety."Report Abuse
Wonderful! March 12, 2014By Gerald B. (Eugene, OR)See All My Reviews"These are great performances and set the standard for the Beethoven symphonies. Vanska is a master of the many subtleties of the symphonies and the MinnOrch performs expertly as one of the world's great orchestras. The recent tragedies of lockout of the musicians and ultimately the resignation of Vanska makes these recordings classics to be treasured forever."Report Abuse