Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

CD(5-Disc Set)


This celebrated set, recorded in 1961-62, is generally considered the best of Herbert von Karajan's four Beethoven symphony cycles. (His cycles from the 1950s, 1970s, and 1980s are also available.) Karajan had trained the Berlin Philharmonic to produce an ultra-smooth sound -- the conductor's trademark -- yet their playing crackles with energy. The recorded sound has held up amazingly well, especially in this latest remastering. At budget price, this is a real bargain.

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Release Date: 02/13/1990
Label: Imports
UPC: 0028942903623
catalogNumber: 5025953


  1. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
  2. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55
  3. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
  4. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
  5. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67
  6. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68
  7. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
  8. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
  9. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125

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Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
AKR40 More than 1 year ago
This is probably the overall best of the numerous excellent boxed sets of Beethoven's symphonies. Music critics seldom regard boxed sets as containing all of the best performances. Their "best" choices of a composer's work are seldom all done by one conductor or orchestra. However, if you are looking for a top drawer boxed set of nine of the greatest symphonies ever composed, this Von Karajan set from the 1960s is an easy choice, the performances are thrilling and profound, the sound is more than adequate. and the price is astonishingly affordable. Even if you have already compiled your own diverse set of the nine sypmhonies, this one is nice to have for comparison. Buy it! Enjoy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The one that is the Berliner Philharmonica and Herbert von Karajan in this 1962 set is unmatched in recorded music. One only wishes to have been there in person almost 50 years ago now as these still unequalled performances were crafted. The soloists in the chorale of the now tritely over famous ninth are the most powerful and wholly connected set of artists ever recorded for this piece. Von Karajan had the ability to bring artists to their apex as no other. The lesser symphonies are the stars as they were given the same loving attention as the 5th, 6th 7th and 9th.
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wickedgoodyarn More than 1 year ago
Though von Karajan recorded the entire Beethoven symphonies en toto, this first recording(1963) is by far the best of the lot. I originally owned this on vinyl. Though there is some loss of depth provided by the vinyl recordings, it is still a pleasure to listen to this. I highly recommend this grouping of full symphonies. Others have done the Beethoven series but von Karajan was a master and scholar of his music. It will not disappoint.
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waz More than 1 year ago
My husband love it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband bought this set for me (at my request) for my birthday, at our local Barnes and Noble. It is not a pirated version - it is from Deustche Grammophon. It has taken me a couple of months to work through to the 9th, as I like to savor the music. When I got to the final CD - the 9th Symphony (my favorite) - it wasn't there! It was particularly pornographic gangsta rap! If you purchase this, make sure you check that last recording before disposing of your receipt!