Riccardo Muti’s achievement in Beethoven’s iconic cycle, and as Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra between 1980 and 1992, was summarised by Gramophone magazine: ‘… Magnificent in its blend of deliberation and energy … superb playing and a clear sense of discovery communicate themselves thrillingly to the listener’. A special additional feature of this set is Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, with Muti and the Philharmonia Orchestra accompanying the legendary Sviatoslav Richter.
Reviews for some of the original recordings that make up this set:
"Muti's Beethoven Fifth is fleet, fluid, and transparent. He shows his usual attention to details, and offers many individual touches. I especiallyRead more enjoyed the horn crescendo in bar 34 of the Allegro con brio. It's not indicated in my ancient Eulenberg score but makes perfect sense in its context. ...Muti achieves a clarity and rhythmic definition found only in the finest interpretations...The playing of the Philadelphia Orchestra is nothing short of spectacular. The fast string triplets from measure 132 in the final movement are not only accurate but beautifully played with full tone.
Muti offers a particularly fine and individual performance of the First Symphony that reminds me of his superb yet underappreciated Mozart Symphony recordings on Philips. Here, unlike in the Fifth Symphony, the conductor emphasizes the singing line, wonderfully supported by the Philadelphians."
-- Michael Fine, Fanfare [9/2001]
"With the the first two movements [of the Sixth Symphony] youthfully urgent, Muti's is an exhilarating performance, fresh and direct."
-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]
"Muti's Seventh is magnificent. In its blend of deliberation and energy it recalls something of the spirit of the early Philharmonia recordings of Karajan and Klemperer; but the performance remains distinctive and individual, no mere carbon-copy of an earlier interpretative school. It has its own vibrance; and all the repeats. The Philadelphia Orchestra, shedding all virtuoso glamour, playing with trenchancy and imagination, respond superbly to the demands Muti makes on them.
In sum, this is one of the three or four most distinguished Sevenths to have appeared in recent times, a superb omen for the Muti/ Philadelphia partnership. Like Karajan's similarly measured and dramatic 1953 Philharmonia performance, the fine shaping of the parts and the whole, the superb playing and a clear sense of discovery communicate themselves thrillingly to the listener."
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92by Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor:
Period: Classical Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93by Ludwig van Beethoven Conductor:
Period: Classical Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"by Ludwig van Beethoven Performer:
Cheryl Studer (Soprano),
Delores Ziegler (Mezzo Soprano),
Peter Seiffert (Tenor),
James Morris (Bass)
Period: Classical Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37by Ludwig van Beethoven Performer:
Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
greatJanuary 10, 2014By D. Masellis See All My Reviews"ii am listening several versions of Beethoven from Maria Giulini, to Abbadoa nd Zinman. well all of them are great but these conducetd by Muti have something more energetic, solar that the other don 't have. Abbado's has a 5th that is excellent. Muti has the 7th and 9th, tahta re amazing. i suggest all people to get this version and enjoy it."Report Abuse
Ho HumApril 17, 2013By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ)See All My Reviews"This is a faithful if somewhat enemic performance of the nine. Muti and Philadelphia are world class but they come up short here. There are a few bright spots which kick it up to three stars but not enough to rescue it. The price is right though."Report Abuse