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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies/ Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra


Release Date: 11/03/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 72923   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Cheryl StuderDelores ZieglerPeter SeiffertJames Morris
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraWestminster Choir
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews for some of the original recordings that make up this set:

"Muti's Beethoven Fifth is fleet, fluid, and transparent. He shows his usual attention to details, and offers many individual touches. I especially enjoyed the horn crescendo in bar 34 of the Allegro con brio. It's not indicated in my ancient Eulenberg score but makes perfect sense in its context. ...Muti achieves a clarity and rhythmic definition found only in the finest interpretations...The playing of the Philadelphia Orchestra is nothing short of spectacular. The fast string triplets from measure 132 in the final movement are not only accurate but beautifully played with full tone.

Muti offers a particularly fine and individual
Read more performance of the First Symphony that reminds me of his superb yet underappreciated Mozart Symphony recordings on Philips. Here, unlike in the Fifth Symphony, the conductor emphasizes the singing line, wonderfully supported by the Philadelphians."

-- Michael Fine, Fanfare [9/2001]

"With the the first two movements [of the Sixth Symphony] youthfully urgent, Muti's is an exhilarating performance, fresh and direct."
-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]

"Muti's Seventh is magnificent. In its blend of deliberation and energy it recalls something of the spirit of the early Philharmonia recordings of Karajan and Klemperer; but the performance remains distinctive and individual, no mere carbon-copy of an earlier interpretative school. It has its own vibrance; and all the repeats. The Philadelphia Orchestra, shedding all virtuoso glamour, playing with trenchancy and imagination, respond superbly to the demands Muti makes on them.

In sum, this is one of the three or four most distinguished Sevenths to have appeared in recent times, a superb omen for the Muti/ Philadelphia partnership. Like Karajan's similarly measured and dramatic 1953 Philharmonia performance, the fine shaping of the parts and the whole, the superb playing and a clear sense of discovery communicate themselves thrillingly to the listener."

-- R.O., Gramophone [4/1979]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Delores Ziegler (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Seiffert (Tenor),
James Morris (Bass)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Westminster Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 

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