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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonatas For Violin And Piano No. 5 & 9 (Menuhin)

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Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin, Hephzibah Menuhin
Vinyl 1959
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR13
Size: 1.17 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – 200 Years Edition, Box 12, Choral Music (7 LPs)

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This is Box No. 12 of the Bicentennial Beethoven Collection, published by Deutsche Grammophon 1970, to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday with all his works on 12 Box-Sets/75 LPs.
In the last years I spent only for this Beethoven Edition around 500-550 EUR. If you think and feel, you want to contribute, any donation will be welcome. Thank you!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wiener Singverein, Elizabeth Harwood, James King, Franz Crass, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jörg Demus, Karl Engel, Andreas Röhn
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
Conductor: Bernhard Klee, Ferdinand Leitner
Number of Discs: 7/75

Format: Flac
Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 6.1 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – 200 Years Edition, Box 11, Music For The Stage (3 LPs)

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This is Box No. 11 of the Bicentennial Beethoven Collection, published by Deutsche Grammophon 1970, to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday with all his works on 12 Box-Sets/75 LPs.
In the last years I spent only for this Beethoven Edition around 500-550 EUR. If you think and feel, you want to contribute, any donation will be welcome. Thank you!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Gundula Janowitz, Erich Schellow
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Number of Discs: 3/75
Format: Flac
Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 3.77 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (Giulini)

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I know, someone here will not agree completely with me, but for me this is
the best LvB’s 5th. In the first movement the DA DA DA DUUUM is in fact soft pedal-ed. Especially the second time it is played: It sounds more like “DAA DUU….DAA DUU”. WHICH IS AWESOME!!! Giulini is doing something DIFFERENT, something Wonderful, which would be stupid if it didn’t TOTALLY work with the way the rest of the first movement is presented. The longer I’m alive, the more I realize that the movements the great composers wrote are complete statements. Giulini makes it clear that the motif that everybody remembers is the least important part, or, actually not that, it’s all important, but that the last minute or so is THE STUFF.
Overall, this is just AMAZING. Criticisms of Giulini are often right on the mark. His Eroica with the same orchestra is almost ridiculous in it’s SLOW deliberateness . This performance is however not slow (except for the second movement, which is still wonderfully played), not soft-edged and not ponderous.
Best EVER transition between the 3rd and 4th movements and the BEST final few seconds.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
Vinyl 1982
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 708 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – 200 Years Edition, Box 9, The Masses (3 LPs)

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This is Box No. 9 of the Bicentennial Beethoven Collection, published by Deutsche Grammophon 1970, to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday with all his works on 12 Box-Sets/75 LPs.
In the last years I spent only for this Beethoven Edition around 500-550 EUR. If you think and feel, you want to contribute, any donation will be welcome. Thank you!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer (Missa Solemnis): Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry, Wiener Singverein
Performer (Messe C-Dur): Gundula Janowitz, Julia Hamari, Elmar Schloter, Horst Laubenthal, Ernst Gerold Schramm
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker (Missa Solemnis), Münchener Bach-Chor Und Bach-Orchester (Messe C-Dur)
Conductor: , Karl Richter (Messe C-Dur), Herbert von Karajan (Missa Solemnis)
Number of Discs: 3/75

Format: Flac
Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.59 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (MFP) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 (Walter)

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Walter’s Eroica, recorded in January 1958 and his third studio recording after those he made in 1941 and 1949 with the New York Phil, is an excellent “traditional” reading. It may be exceptionable to call it that, because that kind of interpretive approach wasn’t dominant before World War II; it became more so after. Tempos are almost always on the slow side, a far cry not only from Beethoven’s controversially fast metronome marks but even from what the tempo indications at the beginning of the outer movements seem to suggest: “Allegro con brio” (1st movement), “Allegro molto” (finale).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Vinyl 1959
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: MFP
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.08 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (MFP) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies No. 1 & No. 2 (Walter)

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Even Bruno Walter, who in old age was a softer conductor than anyone before or since, didn’t dare to swathe Haydn in romantic velvet. But Beethoven’s Sym. 1 and 2 gave him that opportunity. These cross-over works from the world of Haydn can be successfully played as heroic precursors (by Klemperer, Karajan and Bernstein, for example), but Walter strives to make them sunny and carefree, and his approach works.
In their way, these symphonies are the ideal introduction to Walter’s notions about Beethoven.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Vinyl 1959
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: MFP
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.24 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Amadeo) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Gulda)

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Not quite 50 years since I first heard a Beethoven sonata. In all this time I have never had such a powerful, visceral, response to a recording. Gulda’s tempo is on the quicker side. Here the issue is between two approaches. (1)”I have brilliant technique, I’ll translate the music in these terms”. Or (2) Beethoven requires this intensity and tempo. I have the necessary technical skill. So lets deploy it.” Gulda is unquestionably in the second category. Those in the first…You know who you are!
The most striking thing, consistently throughout the cycle, is the unselfconscious, almost “simple” or naive playing on the Steinway. It felt, at times, as though I had never heard these sonatas before. I found myself thinking the most absurd thought, “This is how Beethoven would want it played.” As I say, absurd. Nevertheless….That was the feeling… Point is the impression was one of absolute authenticity and truth to the score. And Beethoven’s vision… And a revalation, after so many years of listening to these works…
Over fifty years I’ve heard and collected several sets of the Beethoven sonatas. Rubinstein, the wonderful Poetical Solomon, some Intense Backhaus, Grand Arrau, Precise Pollini. And others. Each has brought great pleasure and insight into these wonderful sonatas. None, ever, has had this intense an impact, on first hearing.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda
Vinyl 1968
Number of discs: 11
Format: Flac
Label: Amadeo
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 11.86 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (CBS) Franz Schubert/Ludwig van Beethoven – “Trout”-Quintet/Piano Quartet (Budapest String Quartet)

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The Budapest String Quartet for over thirty years was reguarded as simply “the” string quartet. For over a decade they were the string quartet in residence at the Library of Congress. They used Strads from the Library’s collection. They performed the entire Beethoven cycle every year they were there. All these performances were recorded. The 1952 performances were released on columbia from those cycles. This stereo really captures the sound of the instruments.
The “Trout” is a lovely piece, the warmth of the sound is present, but what counts is the life and energy and thought that seem to have gone into every bar. The variety of dynamics and texture, the adjustments of pacing bespeak a total commitment to the music here, and it’s just harrowing in places. The lyrical gestures are fleeting, and the obsessive drive of the faster passages, contrasted with the eerie character of the slower ones is just gripping. It’s just an outstanding recording.

Composer: Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Budapest String Quartet, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Julius Levine, Joseph Roisman, Boris Kroyt, Mischa Schneider
Vinyl 1950(1963)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: CBS
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.22 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (World Record Club) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 (Gilels/Szell)

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Gilels recorded Beethoven’s concertos three times, and the recordings with Szell are simply the best. Recordings are made in the 60’s, and Gilels was in his best “Beethoven-form” then. When he was younger, he preferred to super-virtuoso romantic pieces, but from 1950’s he started to play Beethoven more and more. These interpretations are quite plastic, Gilels plays this like Viennesse-classical pieces should be played: everything is clear, but nothing is exaggrerated. And sound is so Gilels-like: Bright and metallic (in a positive meaning!!)! Szell proves an excellent accompanist with his superb Cleveland orchestra. A conductor who was especially famous for his interpretations of Viennese-classics. Gilels gives room to delightful solos by flute/oboe here and there – one gets a feeling that this is a chamber orchestra playing with piano in it! Not just orchestra against the piano. The tonal range is marvellous.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Emil Gilels
Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: George Szell
Vinyl 1969(1971)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: World Record Club
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 835 MB
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