Norrington: Beethoven – 9 Symphonies (6 CD box set, FLAC)

Norrington: Beethoven - 9 Symphonies (6 CD box set, FLAC)
Norrington: Beethoven - 9 Symphonies (6 CD box set, FLAC)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: The London Classical Players, Yvonne Kenny, Sarah Walker, Patrick Power, Petteri Salomaa, The Schütz Choir of London
Conductor: Roger Norrington
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 6 CD box set
Format: FLAC (tracks+cue)
Label: EMI
ASIN: B000002RRB
Size: 1.35 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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Disc: 1
01. Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21: I: Adagio molto-Allegro con brio
02. Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21: II: Andante cantabile con moto
03. Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21: III: Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
04. Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21: IV: Adagio-Allegro molto e vivace
05. Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’: I: Allegro ma non troppo
06. Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’: II: Andante molto moto
07. Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’: III: Allegro
08. Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’: IV: Allegro
09. Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’: V: Allegreto

Disc: 2
01. Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36: I: Adagio molto-Allegro con brio
02. Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36: II: Larghetto
03. Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36: III: Scherzo (Allegro)
04. Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36: IV: Alegro molto
05. Symphony No.8 in F, Op. 93: I: Allegro vivace e con brio
06. Symphony No.8 in F, Op. 93: II: Allegretto scherzando
07. Symphony No.8 in F, Op. 93: III: Tempo di Menuetto
08. Symphony No.8 in F, Op. 93: IV: Allegro vivace

Disc: 3
01. Overture: The Creatures of Promethus, Op.43
02. Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 ‘Erioca’: I: Allegro con brio
03. Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 ‘Erioca’: II: Marcia funebre. Adagio assai
04. Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 ‘Erioca’: III: Scherzo Allegro vivace
05. Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 ‘Erioca’: IV: Finale: Allegro molto-Poco andante-Presto

Disc: 4
01. Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60: I: Adagio-Allegro vivace
02. Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60: II: Adagio
03. Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60: III: Allegro vivave-Trio: Un poco meno Allegro
04. Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60: IV: Allegro ma non troppo
05. Symphony No. 5 in c, Op. 67: I: Allegro con brio
06. Symphony No. 5 in c, Op. 67: II: Andante con moto
07. Symphony No. 5 in c, Op. 67: III: Allegro
08. Symphony No. 5 in c, Op. 67: IV: Allegro-Presto

Disc: 5
01. Overture to Collin’s tragedy ‘Coriolan’, Op.62
02. Overture to Goethe’s tragedy ‘Egmont’, Op. 84
03. Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92: I: Poco sostenuto-Vivace
04. Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92: II: Allegretto
05. Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92: III Presto-Assai meno presto
06. Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92: IV: Allegro con brio

Disc: 6
01. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125: I: Allegro ma non troppo,un poco maestoso
02. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125: II: Molto vivace-Presto-Molto vivace-Presto
03. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125
04. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125
05. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125: III: Adagio molto e cantabile-Tempo I-Andante moderato-Adagio
06. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125: IV: Presto-Allegro ma non troppo-Tempo I-Vivace-Tempo I-Adagio
07. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125:-Presto-Recitative-Allegro assai
08. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125:-Allegro assai vivace. alla marcia
09. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125:-Andante maestoso-Adagio ma non troppo, ma divoto
10. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125:-Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato
11. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125:-Allegro ma non tanto-Poco adagio-Tempo I-Poco adagio
12. Symphony No. 9 in d, Op.125:-Poco allegro-stringendo il tempo, sempre piu allegro-Prestissimo

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12 thoughts on “Norrington: Beethoven – 9 Symphonies (6 CD box set, FLAC)”

  1. I remember when this came out, one of the first original instrument performances of these symphonies everybody was disgusted with the fast tempos. Now, it seems, these have become “classic performances”. Thanks for the chance to listen to them again!

  2. Apparently Norrington was one of the first conductors to apply the tempos actually written by Beethoven (!)
    In the old days of Reiner, Solti, Karajan etc. these tempos seemed outrageous because the narration of the music was lost in the modern-day great symphony orchestra. With original instrument technique and a smaller ensemble these tempos make more sense but still – I remember the noise made by critics then. 🙂

  3. I remember that these performances were generally very well received upon their first release. It’s not like we were unused to period performances of Beethoven’s symphonies at that time. And there were many wondefull performances, as there are still of these great works played by modern symphony orchestras. My biggest single problem with this cycle was Norrington’s dreafully SLOW tempo in the alla marcia section in the last movement of the ninth. The music itself sreamed WRONG WRONG WRONG but on he goes only to discover long after that the tempi marked by Beethoven was twice the speed adopted by Norrington who had – as did others at the time – misread the metronome marking. there are so many sets of the Beethoven symphonies now on period instrument now that this set seems very “old hat” now.

  4. The only reason I’m downloading this set, to be honest, is curiosity. This set was all the rage when it came out (praised above all in England, some say by patriotic reasons), and was bashed by many critics later on. I’m interested in forming my own opinion. Other cycle I’d like to hear as soon as I can put my hands on is that of Mariss Jansons. It is supposd to be quite good.

    Thank you for the post, Mr. Whatever!

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