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|Peter Schreier, Herbert Blomstedt|
Beethoven: The Symphonies
This is a truly great Beethoven cycle, containing fantastic performances of Symphonies 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9, and pretty fine versions of all the others. The Dresden Staatskapelle is the finest orchestra in Germany, a fact ... more »
This is a truly great Beethoven cycle, containing fantastic performances of Symphonies 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9, and pretty fine versions of all the others. The Dresden Staatskapelle is the finest orchestra in Germany, a fact that was concealed for many years by its isolation behind the Iron Curtain, and by the marketing hype promulgated by Herbert von Karajan and Deutsche Grammophon in favor of the Berlin Philharmonic. But just listen to these recordings: great playing in every section, a lively sense of rhythm, and an intensely musical response from Herbert Blomstedt. At mid-price, these performances (which are available separately) belong in every collection. --David Hurwitz
The best analogue-recorded Beethoven symphony cycle?
John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 01/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This may be the best analogue-recorded version of Beethoven's symphonies that I have heard so far. Under Blomstedt's conservative guidance, the Dresden Staatskapelle yields thrilling performances that are virtually second to none! Their versions of the 5th, 6th and 7th symphonies are exemplary; warm, lively interpretations as rewarding as those by Kleiber, Bohm and Bernstein with the Vienna Philharmonic. Performances of the other symponies are quite good too. The sound engineers did a wondeful job ensuring that no instrument section would overpower another; the woodwinds and strings are as crisp and clear as brass and percussion. For once I agree with the editors at amazon.com. This lesser known set unquestionably deserves to be mentioned as one of the great Beethoven symphony cycles."
Five stars all the way
John Kwok | 05/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Amazon's review got it right on the nose. A fantastic set of the great 9. Truly great. And you can't beat the price! Highly recommended."