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Beethoven: Symphonies No 7, 8 & 9 / Rafael Kubelik, Et Al

Release Date: 12/30/1999 
Label:  Dg Double Catalog #: 459463   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Helen DonathTeresa BerganzaWieslaw OchmanThomas Stewart
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraCleveland OrchestraBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ludwig Van Beethoven, with his serious visage and forceful compositions, has such a reputation for profundity that people often overlook the range of his expression. The piercing imagery of his Fifth Symphony has colored the public's impression of so much of his work. He was, however, a man of many moods.
The lyricism and joy found in his Seventh Symphony is full of romance. Lifting spirits with his inimitable use of strings, Beethoven builds extraordinary themes on a grand scale. The Eighth Symphony, with its dance-like rhythms has a more proper, refined charm, notably in the 'Tempo di Menuetto' movement.
On the other hand, the Ninth is one of the composer's more severe compositions. Its fire and brimstone urgency releases its
Read more tension for some beautiful harmonies, only to pull taut once again. Culminating in the 'Ode to Joy,' (translated lyrics begin with "O friends, no more of these sounds! Let us sing more cheerful songs"), the conclusion shows both a joyous, even pious, levity and sense of humor. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1974 
Venue:  Musikvereisaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 39 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1975 
Venue:  Severence Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 26 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Helen Donath (Soprano), Teresa Berganza (Alto), Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor),
Thomas Stewart (Bass)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1975 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 69 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 

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