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Beethoven: Symphonies / Simon Rattle, Vienna Philharmonic


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57445   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Barbara BonneyBirgit RemmertKurt StreitThomas Hampson
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 5 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Sir Simon Ratlle’s Beethoven cycle is not the first to be recorded in concert, but the quality of immediacy and spontaneous expression is something that marks it out more than most of its rivals…the opening allegro of the First Symphony instantly establishes itself as pure Beethoven, music looking forward to the nineteenth century, not back to the eighteenth." - Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs 2005/06 edition. "Sir Simon Ratlle’s Beethoven cycle is not the first to be recorded in concert, but the quality of immediacy and spontaneous expression is something that marks it out more than most of its rivals…the opening allegro of the First Symphony instantly establishes itself as pure Beethoven, music looking forward to the nineteenth century, not back to the eighteenth." - Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs 2005/06 edition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 32 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 49 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 33 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 31 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 34 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7. Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 39 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8. Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Birgit Remmert (Alto), Kurt Streit (Tenor),
Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 69 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 

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, Op.55 'Eroica': I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica': II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica': III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica': IV. Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto
Symphony No. 2 in D, Op.36: I. Adagio - 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. 5 in C Minor, Op.67: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67: III. Allegro -
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67: IV. Allegro - Presto

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