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Thread: If you decided to make the most nicer collection with all the works of beethoven?

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    Default If you decided to make the most nicer collection with all the works of beethoven?

    Hello,
    i would like make one difficult quenstion (because is for me).
    I decide to make a complete and the most nice is possible collection of Beethoven's works(and Vivaldi's, but lets i stay only at Beethoven's).
    So i started read, look forums, opinnions, amazon e.t.c.
    With a fast look and after visits at various forums and pages about it, i see that opinnions change from people to people(is normal i think), but also that from the thousands performences which you can find(and make you lost your mind), just some of them are little good.
    So here is my quenstion exactly: IF YOU DECIDED TO MAKE THE MOST NICER COLLECTION WITH ALL THE WORKS OF BEETHOVEN WHICH WOULD WAS?
    Here is a list what i did, after what i read:
    Symphonies
    Or Abaddo,or Karajan
    Piano concertos
    Fleisher, or Murray-Perahia
    Piano sonatas
    Schnabel, or Gilels, or Pollini, or Arrau
    String Quartets
    Vegh's, or Talich's, or Takacs's
    Violin Sonatas
    Oistrakh-Oborin, or Anne Sophie Mutter
    Violin Concertos
    Francescatti
    Cello and Piano Sonatas
    Wispelwey-Lazic
    Opera (Findelio)
    Klemperer
    It will be nice?I'm interesting for every opinnion, for people which love this music.
    And something lastid i missed some work at the collection? Or isn't right?
    P.S. The string quartets i have them from the Wihan Quartet.I never see yet some recommendation about it, so i m wonder if is really nice same like Vegh's or the others what i wrote.
    Same and the Symphonies 2, 3, 4 from Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Lovro Von Mataci (Supraphone).
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    My nominations:

    Best symphony complete set: Abbado or Herreweghe (for something different) or Furtwangler
    Best piano concertos: Schnabel
    Best piano sonatas: Schnabel or Gilels or Arrau
    Best string quartets: Takacs
    Best violin sonatas: Mutter
    Best violin concerto: Heifetz/Munch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makis View Post
    IF YOU DECIDED TO MAKE THE MOST NICER COLLECTION WITH ALL THE WORKS OF BEETHOVEN WHICH WOULD WAS?
    You ask for too much! TOO MUCH I SAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    You ask for too much! TOO MUCH I SAY!
    Yes i know, but what can i do?
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    Ok Amfibius. I ll look for your recommendations.

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    It is a difficult question (for us). You have collected up a whole lot of opinions already. If you really have none of these works then the list is acceptable. But all you'll get from members are more lists ad nauseum with their OPINIONS only. Not much point in that as far as I can see.
    One point, Schnabel is the greatest Beethoven pianist ever in my opinion--but these are recordings made in the 1940's Good luck !

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    Sure good luck. But have a point. i m not "old" at this music. Actually i start listening classical before a year and is a point for me to get oinions. And about the quenstion, sometimes i wonder if i must go buy a box set, but the problem is that when you take this disission to collect every work of him, must be realy the most nice, because i cant buy every or some from the again.

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    cant buy some or every works of Beethoven i mean

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    Thats why i try get opinions

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    And what about the string quartets from Wihan?

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    The Wihan Quartet are Czech and were formed in 1985 . They have won a number of international competitions and appear on the radio in the UK often.
    Have a look at the following threads; Good Recent Recordings of Beethoven Symphonies and Beethove Symphonies Box-Wyn Morris. This actually has quite a few suggestions across the board including mine.

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    Piano Sonatas: Peter Takacs!!

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    There are lots of great recordings of LvB's works, any of the one's you've mentioned will be more than worth the money. There is no 'most nice' or 'best recording'. Since you're new to classical music you won't yet have a preferred conducting/performance style so just pick any one you mostly hear good things about and you are unlikely to be disappointed.

    Karajan symphonies/Schabel piano sonatas/Vegh string quartets are probably the closest to benchmark recordings of the three most important bodies of work. But TBH you'd probably be just as happy with Barenboim/Kovacevich/Alban Berg (my ideal trio at this moment) or Harnoncourt/Kempff/Takacs or a dozen other combinations.

    Bear in mind that the Schnabel sonata recordings are quite old and the Vegh Quartet had a propensity for heavy breathing.

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    Something old, something new...

    Symphonies - Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen/Paavo Jarvi
    Piano Concertos - Lewis/Belohlavek
    Violin Concerto - Mutter/HvK
    String Quartets - Takacs
    Cello and Piano Sonatas - Gastinel & Guy
    Violin Sonatas - Cerovsek & Jumppanen
    Piano Sonatas - Gulda

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