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Wiener Symphoniker – Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 (5-CD-Box)

Artists: Wiener Symphoniker

Title: Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 (5-CD-Box)

Catalogue No.: WS018

Release: 01.11.2019

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The Road to Beethoven

For the first time in their history, the Wiener Symphoniker now release a complete Beethoven symphonies cycle on CD. The Wiener Symphoniker wrote music history with the first performances of works by Bruckner, Ravel and Schoenberg. And under the baton of such illustrious music directors as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini or Georges Prêtre they acquired worldwide fame for their unique Viennese sound. Considering its rich, more than a century long history, it comes as a surprise that the orchestra has never before recorded a full cycle of the nine symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven which are widely considered to constitute the apex of the symphonic repertoire.  

This shortcoming is about to be remedied: In October 2019, the Wiener Symphoniker now release the full cycle on 5 CDs in a Box. The full cycle is now completed just in time for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven in 2020.  The symphonies were recorded live during a critically acclaimed concert cycle in Spring/Summer 2017 in the Great Hall of the Musikverein Wien.

Beethoven’s nine symphonies — composed between 1800 and 1824 — are true cornerstones of the classical canon. Marking an irrefutable turning point in the history of music, they transformed audiences’ expectations of the symphony and influenced the genre’s future development through their experimental, dramatic and expressive weight. Conductors have long been drawn to the profundity of these works: a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies is viewed as one of the ultimate challenges in the repertoire.

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