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Beethoven - Greatest Hits


Release Date: 09/06/1991 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 60831   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel AxNelly KokinosJörg DemusMarilyn Horne,   ... 
Conductor:  Zubin MehtaErich LeinsdorfArthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicBoston Symphony OrchestraNew York Choral Artists,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc of excerpts from some of Beethoven's best-known works is varied and thoughtfully selected. There are "must know" selections here, ranging from the grand (excerpts from two symphonies) to the bagatelle "Für Elise."
The 5th Symphony's Allegro con brio (1st movement) is played by the Boston Symphony conducted by Erich Leinsdorf. The performance is remarkable in its precision and rhythmic insistence. The "Moonlight" Sonata is sensitively presented and balanced by Emanuel Ax, who does a good job of bringing out inner voices. Zubin Mehta, who has achieved considerable renown in his lifetime as both an interpreter of Beethoven and as a conductor of choral works, gives a fine reading of the "Choral" Symphony No. 9. The singers here
Read more form something of an all star cast and the presence of Marilyn Horne and Jon Vickers is especially gratifying.
Though designed for the novice listener wanting to become more familiar with Beethoven's music, this is a good all-around CD for the more advanced audiophile as well. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral": 2nd movement, Molto vivace by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Nelly Kokinos (Piano), Jörg Demus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
4.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica": 3rd movement, Allegro vivace by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral": 4th movement, Finale by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Jon Vickers (Tenor), Margaret Price (Soprano),
Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Choral Artists,  New York Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 24 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy": Finale by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: no 5, Marcia alla turca by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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