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The Complete Beethoven: Symphonies; Concertos; Overtures [12-CD Set]

Complete Symphonies Concertos & Overtures / Var
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8501204   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan VladarPeter HoareStephen GaddJulian Davies,   ... 
Conductor:  Béla DrahosBarry WordsworthStephen GunzenhauserKenneth Jean
Number of Discs: 12 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 13 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Triumphing over deafness and turbulent political times, Ludwig van Beethoven singlehandedly changed the course of music history, laying down the foundations for the Romantic era. His nine symphonies grew out of the forms established in the time of Mozart and Haydn, but show a remarkable evolution which embraces heroic grandeur in the Third Symphony, patriotism and innovation in the Fifth Symphony, countryside imagery and narrative in the Sixth Symphony, and choral inspiration in the Ninth Symphony, the "Ode to Joy" from which has become the Anthem for Europe.

Even Beethoven couldn’t entirely escape the influence of Mozart, and this lineage can be traced in the melodic grace to be found in the symphonies as well as
Read more the concertos. Imposing in their stature, the five Piano Concertos are filled with lively inventiveness as well as some of the most beautiful music ever to emerge from this genre. Beethoven’s single work in the popular symphonie concertante form is the "Triple" Concerto, but it is the distinctive nobility of the Violin Concerto which has seen it gain an unassailable position as one of the greatest works in the repertoire.

Beethoven considered music "a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy", with greatness of conception and painstaking craftsmanship his hallmarks. The Overtures are no exception in this, reflecting the drama and excitement of the theater and including the opening of his only opera Fidelio.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 27 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 41 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 34 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 35 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 46 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 26 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 33 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 40 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 64 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Mozes Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia 
Length: 37 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1794; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Mozes Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia 
Length: 9 Minutes 39 Secs. 
12.
Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Peter Hoare (), Stephen Gadd (), Julian Davies (),
Marta Fontanals-Simmons (), Matilde Wallevik (), Claire Rutter (),
Leon McCawley (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Cadogan Hall, London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 40 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 29 Minutes 9 Secs. 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 38 Minutes 12 Secs. 
15.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 34 Minutes 33 Secs. 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 34 Minutes 36 Secs. 
17.
Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 61a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 43 Minutes 28 Secs. 
18.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano), Dong-Suk Kang (Violin), Maria Kliegel (Cello)
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 35 Minutes 49 Secs. 
19.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
20.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
21.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
22.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
23.
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
24.
Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 "Consecration of the House": Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 11 Minutes 14 Secs. 
25.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, 
Length: 14 Minutes 23 Secs. 
26.
Zur Namensfeier Overture, Op. 115 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814-1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
27.
Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 10 Minutes 3 Secs. 
28.
Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 14 Minutes 41 Secs. 
29.
King Stephen, Op. 117: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
30.
Music for a Knightly Ballet, WoO 1: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 13 Minutes 19 Secs. 
31.
Leonore Prohaska, WoO 96: 4. Funeral March by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
32.
Tarpeja: Triumphal March in C major, WoO 2a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Period: Classical 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio at the Italian Institute, 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
33.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Kenneth Jean
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1988 
Venue:  Reduta Concert Hall, Bratislava, Slovaki 
Length: 46 Minutes 43 Secs. 
34.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Kenneth Jean
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1988 
Venue:  Reduta Concert Hall, Bratislava, Slovaki 
Length: 8 Minutes 39 Secs. 
35.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Kenneth Jean
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1988 
Venue:  Reduta Concert Hall, Bratislava, Slovaki 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: II. Andante cantabile con moto
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Pleasant, cheerful feelings aroused on approaching the countryside: Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": II. Scene by the brook: Andante molto mosso
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Happy gathering of villagers: Allegro
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunder-storm: Allegro
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": V. Shepherd's song: Grateful thanks to the Almighty after the storm: Allegretto
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: III. Scherzo: Allegro
Symphony No. 2 in D major, 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

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