BEETHOVEN Symphonies Abbado 2000-2001


9 Symphonien
(New, revised version based on Rome
recordings 2001)
Solisten / Soloists:
Karita Mattila · Violeta Urmana
Thomas Moser · Thomas Quasthoff
Berliner Philharmoniker
Claudio Abbado
Int. Release 02 Jun. 2008
5 CDs / Download
0289 477 5864 8
CD DDD 0289 477 5864 8 GM 5

Track List

CD 1: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

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

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:15:34

CD 2: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

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


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


Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:07:26

CD 3: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

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



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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:14:45

CD 4: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

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


Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:04:57

CD 5: Beethoven: Symphony No.9

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


Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Karita Mattila, Violeta Urmana, Thomas Moser, Thomas Quasthoff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir

Total Playing Time 1:02:17

Listening to Abbado's set vouchsafes different insights, but it really does make you hear these works afresh, and no lover of Beethoven can fail to revel in and learn from it.

. . . emotional intensity and sonic immediacy, the Rome cycle provides both. As early as the slow movement of the First Symphony, it is evident that the warmer, more intimate Rome sound is helping concentrate our minds; the performance too is more strongly characterised, the finale markedly so . . . in Rome, everything is absorbed and of a piece. The more closely focused sound also helps. The individual string sections, the violins in particular, are far more clearly defined, an important factor when Abbado's retention of non-antiphonal layouts might be though . . . to take the edge off the drama . . . The Berlin Ninth remains. It is a pretty good performance with an outstandingly well realised finale . . . In these vibrant Rome performances he achieves an intensity of effect his hero Furtwängler just might have approved.

Was Abbados Arbeit in Luzern mit dem Festival Orchestra auszeichnet, prägt auch diese Mozart-Einspielungen: eine grosse Gelassenheit, ein völlig natürliches Musizieren, ein gemeinsames Atmen und Fühlen, das scheinbar gar keine Anleitung und Führung benötigt, sondern sich quasi aus dem Willen zum gemeinsamen Ausformen des Werks wie von selbst ergibt. Nichts hier ist gemacht oder demonstrativ, sondern schlicht und einfach natürlich und richtig.

. . . l'aisance unique de l'orchestre, qui réunit cinquante-cinq instrumentistes en moyenne, à dispenser plénitude et densité de la matière dans le moindre contre-chant . . . On reste avec Abbado dans une intensité de l'instant, du détail . . . celle-ci est sans conteste la plus libre et significative.