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Beethoven: Les 9 Symphonies / Cluytens, Berlin Philharmonic

Coffrets Clasiques / Cluytens,Andre
Release Date: 05/07/2013 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 483032   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Frederick GuthrieKerstin MeyerGré BrouwenstijnNicolai Gedda
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Andre Cluytens' 1957-1960 cycle of Beethoven symphonies was the first Beethoven cycle directed by a French conductor, but since the orchestra is the super-virtuoso, echt-Deutsch Berliner Philharmoniker, it's hard to say exactly what is French about these performances. The colors are carefully weighed and balanced, but they are still more German primary colors than French blended colors. The tempos are quick but not especially so, and though they are often impetuous, they are never reckless. Cluytens does not overly emphasize line over form, and although his conception of the scores is more nuanced than a German's might be, it is in no way too subtle. The usual distinctions between more reserved even-numbered symphonies and more aggressive Read more odd-numbered symphonies hold less here than they might, but less so than in many readings by English and American conductors.

Cluytens is a generously talented, highly skilled conductor, and each work is superbly performed by the Berlin. But, while one can easily listen through with pleasure, and even return to each performance and hear new things every time, there are other, better Beethoven cycles out there, and Cluytens can't stand up to the competition as a top rank in the pantheon. EMI's early stereo sound is not perhaps as warm and rich as its later stereo sound, but it's still very impressive for its time.

- James Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 25 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 47 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 34 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 33 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 32 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 38 Minutes 34 Secs. 
9.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 43 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 27 Minutes 31 Secs. 
12.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Frederick Guthrie (Bass), Kerstin Meyer (Mezzo Soprano), Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-60 
Venue:  Berlin, Grünewaldkirche 
Length: 72 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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