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Beethoven: Nine Symphonies / Vanska, Juntunen, Minnesota Orchestra


Release Date: 10/27/2009 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1825/6   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Daniel NormanHelena JuntunenNeal DaviesKatarina Karnťus
Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota OrchestraMinnesota Chorale
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 when
Read 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.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
5.
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 Karnťus (Mezzo Soprano), Neal Davies (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Minnesota Chorale
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: January, 2006 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 
Length: 65 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 49 Minutes 54 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 25 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/01/2004 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 33 Minutes 37 Secs. 
9.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Osmo Všnskš
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/30/2004 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 32 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: II. Andante cantabile con moto
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: IV. Finale: Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: I. Adagio molto - Allegro molto
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: III. Scherzo
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: IV. Allegro molto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Beethoven Symphonies collection - vanska November 15, 2014 By 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, 2014 By 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
 Nice interpretation and sound quality, with one r February 4, 2014 By Don B. (Abbotsford, BC) See All My Reviews "The 6th (Pastoral) is my all time favorite of these very famous nine symphonies, and this version is very nice indeed, well paced. My only reservation is the 'high dynamic range ' recording method, the soft passages are VERY quiet so you may have to turn up your amp to properly hear the solo instruments, only to be blasted later." Report Abuse
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