Rudolf Barshai: Symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven | Melodiya MELCD1002228

Rudolf Barshai: Symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven


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Label: Melodiya

Cat No: MELCD1002228

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 5

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 28th April 2014



Firma Melodiya presents a unique boxed set with recordings of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos 1 to 8 conducted by Rudolf Barshai.

The recording of Beethoven’s symphonies, realized between 1969 and 1975 with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and musicians from the symphony orchestras of Moscow, was Barshai’s first truly serious effort as a symphonic conductor.

These recordings were praised by Dmitri Shostakovich (“We haven’t heard a Beethoven like this since Klemperer”). Barshai’s conducting manner is characterized with ultimate precision in terms of the score, transparent harmonization of themes allowing us to hear the entire orchestral 'vertical line' at all times.

Unfortunately, Symphony No.9 was never recorded.

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