Beethoven - The Nine Symphonies | Australian Eloquence ELQ4808895

Beethoven - The Nine Symphonies

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4808895

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Release Date: 18th September 2015

Contents

Artists

Elisabeth Soderstrom
Regina Resnik
Jon Vickers
David Ward
London Bach Choir
London Symphony Orchestra
Wiener Philharmoniker
Concertgebouworkest

Conductor

Pierre Monteux

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Egmont Overture, op.84
Fidelio, op.72
» Overture
Konig Stephan Overture, op.117
Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Lisle, Claude Joseph Rouget de

La Marseillaise

Artists

Elisabeth Soderstrom
Regina Resnik
Jon Vickers
David Ward
London Bach Choir
London Symphony Orchestra
Wiener Philharmoniker
Concertgebouworkest

Conductor

Pierre Monteux

About

Monteux’s Beethoven has been described as visionary. Respect for the spirit of the score, directness of expression, exceptionally well-drilled playing and a sense of untainted idealism that lay at the very heart of the composer’s vision – these are the qualities that typify Monteux’s interpretation of Beethoven.

Eight of the symphonies were recorded for Decca; the Ninth for Westminster; and the third (Eroica) again, for Philips. Together with the rehearsal for the Ninth and an impromptu in-studio performance of La Marseillaise, they form the most complete collection of Monteux’s Beethoven recordings.

Other conductors may have offered a more personalised take on the music, but none made it more universal or more human. The fascinating accompanying notes to the set are by Rob Cowan and the recordings have been remastered for this release.

Contents:
CD 1-5

- Symphony No.1
Wiener Philharmoniker

- Symphony No.2
London Symphony Orchestra

- Symphony No.3
Wiener Philharmoniker
Concertgebouworkest (additional performance)

- Symphony No.4
London Symphony Orchestra

- Symphony No.5
London Symphony Orchestra

- Symphony No.6
Wiener Philharmoniker

- Symphony No.7
London Symphony Orchestra

- Symphony No.8
Wiener Philharmoniker

- Symphony No.9
Elisabeth Söderström · Regina Resnik · Jon Vickers · David Ward · London Bach Choir
London Symphony Orchestra

CD 6
- Fidelio: Overture
- Egmont: Overture
- König Stephan: Overture
- Symphony No.9 – Rehearsal
- La Marseillaise (Rouget De Lisle)
London Symphony Orchestra


the development has genuine tension, accents are light and the strings have just the right weight of tone […] the playing of the Vienna strings is splendidly alert and sensitive’ - (Nos. 1 & 8) Gramophone, March 1972

Monteux’s version of Beethoven’s Second Symphony is immensely likeable and I cannot think of another version more liveable with. It has freshness and buoyancy […] The sound too is admirable – clear and lively, yet truthful in perspective and with no lack of body.’ - (No.2) Gramophone, March 1982

‘the first movement has a genuine sense of flow […] The Decca transfer is smoother than the RCA original’ - (No.3) Gramophone, July 1971

straightforward and lively, very well played … the performance communicates a genuine sense of enjoyment’ - (No.4) Gramophone, March 1973

this is a performance I shall come back to often. It is definitely among the Ninths that count’ - (No.9) Musicweb International

the sound is excellent […] the finale has beautifully light pointing and delicate playing from the Vienna Philharmonic’ - (No.6) Gramophone, December 1970

A lively, slightly lightweight performance, reaching its zenith in the finale […] the recording is bright and quite full’ - (No.7) Gramophone, March 1982

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