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Beethoven: 9 Symphonies

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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Symphony No. 1 In C, Op. 21  
1
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
9:34
2
II. Andante cantabile con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:53
3
III. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3:58
4
IV. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:52
Symphony No. 2 In D, Op. 36  
5
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
10:19
6
II. Larghetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
10:35
7
III. Scherzo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3:54
8
IV. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
6:26
Symphony No. 3 In E Flat, Op. 55 "Eroica"  
1
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
14:50
2
II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
17:10
3
III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:47
4
IV. Finale (Allegro molto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
12:29
Symphony No. 4 In B Flat, Op. 60  
5
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
9:56
6
II. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
9:59
7
III. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:45
8
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:31
Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67  
1
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
7:20
2
II. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
10:04
3
III. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
4:53
4
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
9:05
Symphony No. 6 In F, Op. 68 "Pastoral"  
5
I. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
8:59
6
II. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
11:34
7
III. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3:01
8
IV. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3:25
9
V. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
8:52
Symphony No. 7 In A, Op. 92  
1
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
11:27
2
II. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
8:02
3
III. Presto - Assai meno presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
7:49
4
IV. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
6:43
Symphony No. 8 In F, Op. 93  
5
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
9:22
6
II. Allegretto scherzando
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3:58
7
III. Tempo di menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
5:59
8
IV. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
7:18
Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral"  
1
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
15:30
2
II. Molto vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
11:08
3
III. Adagio molto e cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
16:35
4
IV. Presto -
Ludwig van Beethoven; Herbert von Karajan; Berliner Philharmoniker
6:24
5
IV. Presto - "O Freunde nicht diese Töne" -
Ludwig van Beethoven; Gundula Janowitz; Hilde Rössel Majdan; Waldemar Kmentt; Walter Berry; Wiener Singverein; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
17:42
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    5:33:08
"... this 1963 set remains the most highly rated, and with reason. Lustrous Berlin Phil playing, plus Karajan's visionary grandeur."
- Classic FM

"By general acclamation this 1963 production ranks as the finest of Karajan’s four complete cycles ... these performances have withstood the test of time ... there’s no denying this set’s excellence."
- ClassicsToday.com

"What so enthused us was the urgency of the music-making, its vitality and, ultimately, a fierce sense of joy that had its natural point of culmination in a thrillingly played and eloquently sung account of the finale of the Ninth. The playing of the BPO dazzled throughout, as did (the) recordings: clean and clear, and daringly 'lit' with a bright shimmer of reverberation."
- Gramophone

Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker on this highly-acclaimed marathon recording of all nine Beethoven symphonies, originally released in 1963. Von Karajan recorded the entire cycle of Beethoven's symphonies four times during his career; this recording ranks as the finest by many critics and fans. Never before had all nine Beethoven's symphonies been recorded and released as an integrally planned subscription set. The financial risk was substantial, and it was estimated that record label Deutsche Grammophon would have to sell 100,000 boxes just to break even. Within 10 years, however, the package went on to sell over a million copies. This set has been newly remastered at 24-bit/96 kHz for its 2014 re-release.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM - Deutsche Grammophon Studio Masters

This album contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source.

Recordings: Berlin, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, 12/1961 (No. 1); 1/1962 (Nos. 2, 8); 2/1962 (No. 6); 3/1962 (Nos. 5, 7); 10 & 11/1962 (Nos. 3, 4, 9)

Executive Producer: Prof. Elsa Schiller
Recording Producers: Otto Gerdes (Nos. 1, 2, 8); Otto Gerdes & Otto Ernst Wohlert (Nos. 3–7, 9)
Recording Engineer (Tonmeister): Günter Hermanns
Remastered by Emil Berliner Studios
1963 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
Project Management: David Butchart
Booklet Editors: Manuela Amadei & Jochen Rudelt
Design: WAPS Communication GmbH
Art Direction: Merle Kersten

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