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Bernstein Collectors Edition - Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9


Release Date: 05/11/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000218502   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Kurt MollDame Gwyneth JonesRené KolloHanna Schwarz
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Symphony No. 3, Vienna Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein. Deutsche Grammophon 413 778-2 [with Egmont and Coriolan Overtures] (recorded live, 1978)

A year after this recording was made, the principal violist of the Philharmonic – a distinguished, silver-haired gentleman from Burgenland named Streng – confided to a music critic that “When we play Beethoven with Lenny we do it Lenny’s way, but when we play Beethoven with Böhm, we do it Beethoven’s way.” Perhaps, but then Viennese string players have been saying that about every conductor since Otto Nicolai. In any case, the VPO strings give their all in this performance; their playing, and that of their colleagues in the wind and brass, is pure guts and glory. Bernstein’s
Read more affinity for the music is beyond challenge, and the vivid recording brings it all home. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection, reviewing a previous issue of this recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1978 
Venue:  Live  Grossersaal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1978 
Venue:  Grossersaal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 17 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1978 
Venue:  Grossersaal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 13 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1978 
Venue:  Grossersaal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 11 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807 
Date of Recording: 09/1977 
Venue:  Live  Grossersaal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 8 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1808 
Date of Recording: 11/1978 
Venue:  Live  Grossersaal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 11 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1978 
Venue:  Live  Grossersaal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 14 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1978 
Venue:  Live  Grossersaal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 9 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Kurt Moll (Bass), Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano), René Kollo (Tenor),
Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1979 
Venue:  Vienna Staatsoper, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 15 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21: 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21: 2. Andante cantabile con moto
Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21: 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21: 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)
Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 1. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 4. Finale (Allegro molto)
Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" / 4.: Presto- "O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!" -Allegro assai
Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36: 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36: 2. Larghetto
Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36: 3. Scherzo (Allegro)
Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36: 4. Allegro molto
Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60: 1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60: 2. Adagio
Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60: 3. Allegro vivace
Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60: 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67: 1. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67: 2. Andante con moto
Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67: 3. Allegro
Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67: 4. Allegro
Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - "Pastoral": 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - "Pastoral": 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - "Pastoral": 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - "Pastoral": 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 - "Pastoral": 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92: 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92: 2. Allegretto
Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92: 3. Presto - Assai meno presto
Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92: 4. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93: 1. Allegro vivace e con brio
Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93: 2. Allegretto scherzando
Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93: 3. Tempo di menuetto
Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93: 4. Allegro vivace
Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral": 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral": 2. Molto vivace
Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral": 3. Adagio molto e cantabile
Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral": 4. Presto

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