Posts tagged as "ludwig-van-beethoven"

Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 2

April 22, 2016

Grumiaux’s wonderful 1957 performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Concertgebouw and Eduard van Beinum, coupled with the first release on CD of Van Beinum’s recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. Two radiant works in glorious performances coupled on Eloquence.

Royal Opera Gala

April 22, 2016

The stunning ‘Covent Garden Anniversary Album’ released complete for the first time on CD, coupled with Solti’s firecracker accounts of Overtures and Preludes. Soloists include a range of 1960s Covent Garden stalwarts, – Carlyle, Sutherland, Veasey, Minton, Shuard, Collier, Gobbi, Evans, Pears and Ward; and conductors – Downes, Bonynge, Walton and Goodall. Nearly 160 minutes […]

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 7, 8 ‘Pathétique’ & 23 ‘Appassionata’

April 20, 2016

Confidence, energy, brashness, terseness and humour: these five words succinctly characterize Beethoven’s early piano sonatas. However, with Op. 10 No. 3’s D minor Largo e mesto, a new quality – soul-bearing depth – comes into play – and settles in for the remainder of Beethoven’s creative life. During the late 1970s, when VladimirAshkenazy’s integral Beethoven […]

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 21 ‘Waldstein’ & 29 ‘Hammerklavier’

April 20, 2016

As both composer and performing virtuoso, the piano was central to Beethoven’s life. However, his relationship with the instrument turned out to be a love-hate affair and few, if any models satisfied him. He wrote to the piano manufacturer, Johann Streicher that ‘the pianoforte is still the least studied and least developed of all instruments’. […]

Beethoven: Septet, Op. 20 String Quintet, Op. 29 Sextet, Op. 81b; Schubert: Octet

April 20, 2016

This recording forms part of a series of 10 reissues celebrating the glorious Decca recordings from the 1950s-1970s of the Wiener Oktett (Vienna Octet), made up of key principals from the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Five titles were released in September and the remaining five are released this month. This volume in the […]

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4; Schubert: Symphony No. 9

April 20, 2016

Born in Vienna in April 1902, the cheery-looking Josef Krips seems to have been pre-destined to achieve eminence in the Viennese classics. He recorded with both, the Wiener Philharmoniker and the key London orchestras for Decca in the 1940s, 50s and 60s and the interpretations have genuine expressive power while remaining devoid of exaggeration or […]

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8; Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

April 20, 2016

During the 1950s, Karl Böhm made a handful of orchestral recordings for Decca with the Wiener Philharmoniker of music by, among others, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Weber. Reappearing here, for the first time on CD internationally, are his swift recordings of Beethoven’s Eighth and of two Schubert symphonies (Nos. 5 and 8). Never imposing his […]

Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 13 & 15; Grosse Fuge

April 19, 2016

All that was issued of a projected Fitzwilliam Quartet cycle on Decca was two late quartets – Opp. 130 and 132 – as well as the Grosse Fuge. Issued over two full-price discs and unavailable for more than two decades, they are now coupled as a 2CD Eloquence reissue. Some of Beethoven’s most visionary achievements, […]

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 59 No. 3 ‘Razumovsky’ & Op. 74 ‘Harp’

April 19, 2016

In mid-1987, the Amadeus Quartet (under the slightly differentiated name ‘Amadeus String Quartet’ to distinguish them from their Deutsche Grammophon recordings) went into the studio to begin a projected cycle of the complete Beethoven quartets. In the event, they are the last recordings ever to be made by the Quartet, for the death of Peter […]

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8; Prometheus Overture

April 19, 2016

In the 1960s and 70s, Claudio Abbado made several recordings for Decca – orchestral works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Bruckner, as well as 20th-century repertoire by Hindemith, Janácek and Prokofiev. This recording is part of that legacy and there are plenty of magical touches – real swagger in the finale of the Seventh Symphony, dashing […]

Beethoven: The Concertos

April 19, 2016

Like the Beethoven symphonies, his concertos form a cornerstone of the standard classical repertoire and collected together here, on four discs, are all his major concertos in stellar performances. From the Haydnesque first concertos, to the serene calm, poise and beauty of the Fourth Piano Concerto and the Violin Concerto, to the swagger of the […]