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Thread: Beethoven 250th Anniversary (aka Beethoven 2020) - New Releases, concerts, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil in Magnolia View Post
    Ken, long time, no 'see'! I hope that you are doing well!
    Hey Phil, how ya doin'? Hope all is well up in neutron land. Also hope you plan to stay around here a bit.


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    Sony too???? Oh no. Except - they do have a Beethoven symphony cycle that I really wish they would put on CD. It's the old Ormandy/Philadelphia. Not even close to historically correct, but the set was made when the orchestra was in its prime. My 50 year old LP set is well worn. Some of the symphonies were on CD, but not all. And he made some fine concerto recordings, too, that would be fun to hear. If they aren't released here at a bargain price, I'll get the Japanese editions someday.

    There is another cycle I'd like to hear again: it was on PBS back in the early '80s with Antal Dorati and the Detroit Symphony. EG Marshall did the intros. I think Dick Cavett was involved in some way too. I old was able to hear them on a lousy tinny TV. It'd be nice to see them again with better equipment.

    And the reason I say enough: every year, for the past 45, I play one or more symphonies, usually a concerto or two and more. This year I get to play symphonies 4, 5 (twice), 7, 8, 9. The violin concerto and 3rd piano concerto. Lenore #3. Egmont overture. I'm tired of all this Beethoven! There's so much else out there. But, if it sells tickets, who am I to complain...
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    I'm always tempted by these large box sets, less because of the music (I have enough of it) and more because of the fantastic packaging and extras they usually come with. Luckily I've been able to suppress my collector-itus enough that I haven't bought any of the latest ones: The Mozart 225, Bach 330, or Beethoven 2020. Last one I did buy was the Philips Complete Mozart over a decade ago, and that was largely how I discovered most of his music. Looking at the list of performers, it still seems superior to the latest DG box set. I also manage to sell it for a profit when I moved my entire CD collection to my NAS. Really, these deluxe box sets tend to make good investments for gree... ahem, intelligent capitalists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Hey Phil, how ya doin'? Hope all is well up in neutron land. Also hope you plan to stay around here a bit.
    Ken, I am doing very well, thank you. I will see if I can start participating a bit here. I don't have as much 'free' time as I did a few years ago, particularly back when the Amazon forums were still active and enjoyable (I really do miss those discussions). I will have to start following the 'listening to now' thread and participate when I can, I assume that there are others here from those days, and I'd like to reconnect.

    Also, the neutrons are all idle up here now. Work is all taking care of the byproducts and associated cleanup . . .

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    I wish they release this one on CD, alas only downloads.

    Beethoven 2020 - Rarities


    Beethoven: Andante in C major
    Beethoven: Anglaise in D major, WoO 212
    Beethoven: Bagatelle in C major, Hess 57
    Beethoven: Menuett in F major, WoO 217
    Beethoven: Sonata for flute & piano in B flat major, Kinsky-Halm Anh 4

    Groups & Artists

    Brautigam, Ronald
    Buchbinder, Rudolf
    Endellion String Quartet
    Hope, Daniel
    Knauer, Sebastian
    Lang, Lang
    Müller-Schott, Daniel

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    I will be taking in a complete cycle at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Riccardo Muti is the current music director. It looks as though the tempii will be slower than is my preference in recordings, but nonetheless I am still looking forward to it, as live music is a whole different ballgame.



    I also bought this book to bone up throughout the season. Hasn't arrived yet.

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    The problem with these large sets is you simply don't have time to play them unless you are a hermit in an acoustic room with speakers devoted only to the out-ut of classical music. I love the thought of big boxed sets as collectors items but I must admit relatively few of the discs actually get played.

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    Bought Bach333 and this Beethoven 2020 looks too tempting.

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    Not tempted by any of these, too much duplication would be involved. However, it seems Naxos are filling in the gaps in their catalogue, and some of the rarer stuff - Lieder, incidental music and the like - looks worth getting.

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    Well, after pondering for nearly a month (since I learned of the new DG Beethoven set), I've pre-ordered it on Amazon (release date is 11/1/19).

    I swear, this will be my final CD purchase! I'm pretty much convinced to stick with the collection I have, which after all is enough music to last any sane person for a lifetime or two, and anything new I may want to listen to seems to be available to me now via streaming.

    (My rationale, not that I need one, is that this is a 'collectors' item and something worth having & hopefully passing on to someone appreciative when the time comes . . . )
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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    Not tempted by any of these, too much duplication would be involved. However, it seems Naxos are filling in the gaps in their catalogue, and some of the rarer stuff - Lieder, incidental music and the like - looks worth getting.
    I will make a point to listen to rarities that are also a part of the DG collection, once I receive it.

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    DG's new Beethoven edition is out now. Frustratingly I haven't yet received my own copy - UPS delivery had been scheduled for Friday but was delayed; I'll receive it tomorrow. Uploading various .jpg's showing the box and contents.

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    Here is the disc listing & brief description of contents of each. Box includes 123 discs altogether, 3 are Blu-ray and 2 are DVDs, plus a hardcover biography of Beethoven and 9 separate smaller booklets giving information on the compositions and performances.

    I'm anxious to receive it!!
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    I've had second thoughts about not buying one of these monstrosities. Last night I was playing a concert with the Beethoven 5th. Somewhere in the middle of the second movement it hit me just how awesomely beautiful this music is. And even though I've played the 5th many, many times the sense of magnificence at the end is overwhelming. So -- I'm going for this huge DG set. Then I'm going to try something that I've done with other composers: listen to the complete works in the order they written. I figure an hour or so a day should fill 2020 quite easily. Then it can be a doorstop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewWeflen View Post

    I also bought this book to bone up throughout the season. Hasn't arrived yet.

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    I absolutely love that book. Thoroughly researched, detailed, passionate (yet not overly opinionated in the slightest!), and overall as enjoyable as it is edifying to read. I have his Brahms biography too, but I haven't spent as much time with it.
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