BEETHOVEN 9 Symphonies / Bernstein

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

9 Symphonies
Gwyneth Jones · Hanna Schwarz
René Kollo · Kurt Moll
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Bernstein
Int. Release 01 Apr. 2004
5 CDs
0289 474 9242 9
The Leonard Bernstein Collectors Edition


Track List

CD 1: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos.1 & 3 "Eroica"

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica"

Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein

Total Playing Time 1:20:03

CD 2: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos.2 & 4

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

2.
12:28

Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60

6.
10:02

Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein

Total Playing Time 1:10:05

CD 3: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos.5 & 6 "Pastoral"

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

3.
5:23

4.
11:16

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"

Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein

Total Playing Time 1:20:15

CD 4: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos.7 & 8

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

2.
8:48

Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93

Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein

Total Playing Time 1:05:10

CD 5: Beethoven: Symphony No.9

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral"

2.
11:19

4.
7:46

Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein

4.

Gwyneth Jones, Hanna Schwarz, René Kollo, Kurt Moll, Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor

Total Playing Time 1:11:04

Whether the mood is jovial, tragic or tender, Bernstein makes the music seem immense. When "Lenny" was alive, I was a bit dismissive of his conducting; hearing these CDs makes me think again.

The remasterings are clean, the packaging handsome, and there is a lot of essential interpretations nicely gathered together. The "Americans" box is particularly interesting . . . more than just another compilation.