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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra


Release Date: 08/09/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 97946  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Cheryl StuderDelores ZieglerPeter SeiffertJames Morris,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraWestminster Choir
Number of Discs: 6 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 especially
Read 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."

-- R.O., Gramophone [4/1979]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
9.
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)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Westminster Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 21: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 21: II. Andante cantabile con moto
Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 21: III. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 21: IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace
Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op. 55: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op. 55: II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op. 55: III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op. 55: IV. Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36: II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36: III. Scherzo (Allegro)
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36: IV. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60: III. Allegro vivace - Trio (Un poco meno allegro)
Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60: IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 great January 10, 2014 By 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 Hum April 17, 2013 By 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
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