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    Quote Originally Posted by annie View Post
    i listen to 8 & 4 from time to time but 1 & 2 are very not beethoven
    I get that for #1 - I know you don't like me urging you to do anything, but there is a recording (I will review it in a couple of weeks on my blog) of the WoO 4 Piano COncerto that you should listen to (if you don't already have it amonst your many Beethoven paiano concertos) and it sounds more like Mozart than Beethoven.

    The 2nd, however, is closer to the 3rd than the 1st, if you ask me. It's more Beethoven than you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itywltmt View Post
    I get that for #1 - I know you don't like me urging you to do anything, but there is a recording (I will review it in a couple of weeks on my blog) of the WoO 4 Piano COncerto that you should listen to (if you don't already have it amonst your many Beethoven paiano concertos) and it sounds more like Mozart than Beethoven.

    The 2nd, however, is closer to the 3rd than the 1st, if you ask me. It's more Beethoven than you think.
    i have 2 versions of WoO 4...ander and brautigam. it should sound like mozart as beethoven composed it at age 14. it's a good piece to display his pianistic viruosity. i can understand the rondo gives a mozartian feeling but it's the small orchestra requirement and his teacher neefe's influence are the real reasons

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    I have complete cycles by Gardiner and Toscanini (RCA); I have most of Norrington's and have Symphonies Nos. 3, 4, two 5ths, 6, 7, and three 9ths by Furtwangler and various single recordings. It's not that intentional of a collection; it's just from picking up what I found.

    I'd like to hear Emmanuel Krivine's cycle. Fortunately, it's on Spotify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I'd like to hear Emmanuel Krivine's cycle. Fortunately, it's on Spotify.
    I just had a look at that on Spotify - unfortunately, all of the tracks are wrongly labelled (currently listening to the last movement of the 6th labelled as the first of the 5th).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polednice View Post
    I just had a look at that on Spotify - unfortunately, all of the tracks are wrongly labelled (currently listening to the last movement of the 6th labelled as the first of the 5th).
    I'm listening as well. The 5th is labeled as the 4th. That's okay; so far I'm not feeling the love for his interpretation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I'm listening as well. The 5th is labeled as the 4th. That's okay; so far I'm not feeling the love for his interpretation.
    Yeah - in the first few moments, I was impressed by the general sound, but he lost me quite early on.

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    Immerseel has the best 5th methinks. Very brisk and powerful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itywltmt View Post
    Which Beethoven cycle(s) do YOU own?
    Karajan 62-63
    Karajan 76
    Solti CSO Digital

    As a teen, our household had an "age-of-vinyl" cycle (owned by my sister) with William Steinberg & the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra- a set I had occasion to access. However, I suppose this set has been "deleted" (i.e.: from the catalog) for years and years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_townPhilly View Post
    As a teen, our household had an "age-of-vinyl" cycle (owned by my sister) with William Steinberg & the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra- a set I had occasion to access. However, I suppose this set has been "deleted" (i.e.: from the catalog) for years and years.
    Wow, that brings back memories. The first classical LP I ever purchased was Steinberg's recording of the 8th and 9th back in '74. I got it at the Wherehouse - wow, another memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_townPhilly View Post

    As a teen, our household had an "age-of-vinyl" cycle (owned by my sister) with William Steinberg & the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra- a set I had occasion to access. However, I suppose this set has been "deleted" (i.e.: from the catalog) for years and years.
    i have 3, 7, 8 & 9 converted to digital if that's the '72 set you are talking about...



    here is a sample, 2nd mv of 9th.

    http://kiwi6.com/file/xo34y7211c
    Last edited by annie; Aug-17-2011 at 23:05.

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    The '63 von Karajan and Bernstein (which came with a Beethoven box set), both from DG.
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    '63 Karajan
    Cluytens
    Monteux (almost complete)
    Walter
    Zinman
    Abbado
    Blomstedt
    Harnoncourt
    Barenboim

    PI:
    Gardiner
    Hogwood
    Immerseel
    Norrington

    I hope to add Haitink/LSO soon.

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    Immerseel has the best 5th methinks. Very brisk and powerful.

    No.



    There is no other.

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    Complete Sets:

    John Eliot Gardiner
    Herbert von Karajan (1960s)
    André Cluytens
    Josef Krips

    Various individual symphonies by:

    Karl Böhm
    Otto Klemperer
    Herbert von Karajan
    Wilhelm Furtwangler
    George Solti
    Carlos Kleiber
    Bruno Walter
    Leonard Bernstein
    Erich Kleiber
    Claudio Abbado
    Eugene Ormandy

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    On DVD:

    Karajan, Bernstein, Abbado

    On CD

    Abbado (2009 cycle)
    Haitink/LSO Live
    Gardiner

    I've also got a fair amount of Karajan from the 60's & 70's, (mainly 3,5,7,9) but not an actual full cycle.
    I've also got a few different single symphonies by Kleiber, Szell, Barenboim, Furtwangler, Harnoncourt, & Fricsay.

    Karajan & Abbado are my overall favourites, but i think Kleiber's 5th is unbeatable.

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