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Beethoven - The Nine Symphonies

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Neal Davies
Helena Juntunen
Katarina Karnéus
Minnesota Chorale
Daniel Norman
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-1825 SACD
EAN 7318591825265
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  5 discs
Release date Sep 2009
Total time 353'16

5 SACDs for the price of 3

The very first instalment, released in December 2004, caused the reviewer in International Record Review to state that ‘Vänskä's Beethoven looks set to be a front-runner among the historically unprejudiced cycles now available.’ After that each new release in Osmo Vänskä’s cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Minnesota Orchestra has been treated as an occasion in the international music press; reviewers one by one discovering ‘one of the finest performances of the Funeral March ever recorded’, ‘a Pastoral of uncommon beauty’, ‘an Eighth of reference quality’ and a Ninth to ‘rank alongside the finest of any era’. The fifth and final disc – with ‘a Seventh that just may top them all’ according to one review – was released in 2008, and caused reviewers to start doing their sums. Among representative comments are the following: ‘a Beethoven cycle that stands with Barenboim's as a modern reference edition’ (, ‘a Beethoven reforged for today's world’ (Gramophone), and ‘a magnificent traversal that seems very much of and for our own time’ (American Record Guide). A constantly praised feature of the series has been the sound quality, in both stereo and surround sound formats. About the first disc the reviewer on website remarked that ‘one can hardly hope to hear such a many-layered sound until the next BIS release of Beethoven’s Symphonies - except for in concert’, while his colleague on described the final instalment as having ‘brilliantly engineered, utterly natural sonics in all formats’ ( The review in Fanfare sums it up: ‘Vänskä's is the preferred SACD traversal, and one of the most desirable in any format.’ Some of the greatest music ever, in electrifying performances and state-of-the-art recordings, is now available as a boxed set in full SACD / Surround Sound glory. And at a highly competitive price it even includes comprehensive liner notes by Beethoven expert Barry Cooper.
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Disc 1
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 25'34
01 I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio 8'32
02 II. Andante cantabile con moto 7'49
03 III. Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace 3'35
04 IV. Finale. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace 5'38
  Symphony No. 6 in F major, ‘Pastoral’, Op. 68 41'18
05 I. Angenehme, heitere Empfindungen 11'26
06 II. Szene am Bach. Andante molto moto 11'58
07 III. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute. Allegro – 5'13
08 IV. Donner. Sturm. Allegro – 3'38
09 V. Hirtengesang. Allegretto 9'03
Disc 2
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 33'03
01 I. Adagio – Allegro con brio 12'20
02 II. Larghetto 10'35
03 III. Allegro 3'46
04 IV. Allegro molto 6'22
  Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 41'13
05 I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace 13'55
06 II. Allegretto 8'37
07 III. Presto 9'56
08 IV. Allegro con brio 8'45
Disc 3
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, ‘Eroica’, Op. 55 49'39
01 I. Allegro con brio 16'58
02 II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai 15'07
03 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace 5'56
04 IV. Finale. Allegro molto – Poco andante – Presto 11'38
  Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 29'16
05 I. Allegro vivace e con brio 9'06
06 II. Allegretto scherzando 4'05
07 III. Tempo di Menuetto 8'48
08 IV. Allegro vivace 7'17
Disc 4
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 33'27
01 I. Adagio – Allegro vivace 11'20
02 II. Adagio 9'31
03 III. Allegro molto e vivace – Un poco meno allegro 5'59
04 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 6'37
  Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 32'25
05 I. Allegro con brio 7'32
06 II. Andante con moto 9'31
07 III. Allegro 4'44
08 IV. Allegro 10'38
Disc 5
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Symphony No. 9 in D minor, ‘Choral’, Op. 125 64'48
01 I. Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso 14'45
02 II. Molto vivace – Presto 13'26
03 III. Adagio molto e cantabile – Andante cantabile 14'08
04 IV. Presto – Allegro assai – Presto 22'29
  Album total 353'16
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra
ConductorVänskä, Osmo
SopranoJuntunen, Helena
Mezzo-sopranoKarnéus, Katarina
TenorNorman, Daniel
Bass-baritoneDavies, Neal
ChoirMinnesota Chorale

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