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Paavali Jumppanen - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol 4: Opp. 31 'The Tempest', 78, 79, 81a 'Les Adieux' & 90 (2016)

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Paavali Jumppanen - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol 4: Opp. 31 'The Tempest', 78, 79, 81a 'Les Adieux' & 90 (2016)

Paavali Jumppanen - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Volume 4:
Opp. 31 'The Tempest', 78, 79, 81a 'Les Adieux' & 90 (2016)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE1290-2D | Time: 01:58:52

This double-CD release is a fourth volume in pianist Paavali Jumppanen’s ongoing recording cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas. This release includes Piano Sonatas Nos. 16–18 & 24–27 – written between 1801–02 and 1809–14, and belonging to the middle period of the composer’s oeuvre.

Angela Hewitt - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015) [Re-Up]

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Angela Hewitt - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015) [Re-Up]

Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 No. 2, Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 78, Op. 110 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68086 | Time: 01:16:08

This is the fifth volume of Angela Hewitt’s cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, and she is recording a full set of Mozart’s concertos too; and yet she is still probably best known for her Bach. So perhaps it’s no surprise that it’s when Beethoven slips into Bach-style fugues in the final movement of Op 110 that Hewitt sounds most masterful. Elsewhere she is incisive and thoughtful too, even if the two earliest works here, Op 2 no 2 and Op 10 no 1, demand a certain lightness of touch that they don’t quite get – the flurries and flourishes sound like collections of notes rather than single, self-propelling gestures. The second movement of Op 78 is a deft dialogue of question and answer, and Hewitt brings an inevitability to Op 110 that makes sense of its changes of direction even if she doesn’t obviously revel in the full extent and novelty of its inspiration.

Elias String Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 (2015) 2 CDs [Re-Up]

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Elias String Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 (2015) 2 CDs [Re-Up]

Elias String Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 484 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 262 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Wigmore Hall Live | # WHL0073/2 | Time: 01:53:30

At the heart of Beethoven’s life’s statement as a composer lies the cycle of sixteen string quartets, which, to this day, has retained a special status and reverence. Since 2012, the Elias String Quartet has been immersed in its Beethoven Project, performing all Beethoven’s string quartets at venues throughout the UK. In this live recording, the ensemble captures both the intimacy and grandeur of the works. With an ever-expanding recording catalogue that has been met with widespread critical acclaim, the quartet is delighted to release this disc, the first volume of its complete Beethoven cycle to be recorded live at Wigmore Hall over the coming Seasons.

Mari Kodama, Kent Nagano - Beethoven: The Piano Concertos; Triple Concerto (2014) 3CD Set

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Mari Kodama, Kent Nagano - Beethoven: The Piano Concertos; Triple Concerto (2014) 3CD Set

Ludwig van Beethoven - The Piano Concertos; Triple Concerto (2014) 3CD Set
Mari Kodama, piano; Kolja Blacher, violin; Johannes Moser, cello
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Kent Nagano, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 804 Mb | Scans included | Time: 03:30:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0300597BC

Passionate, dramatic, yet poetic and richly nuanced Mari Kodama brings all these qualities to her interpretation of Beethovens Complete Piano Concertos. This exceptional recording with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin shines with extraordinary intensity and contrast, due in no small measure to the artistic bond between Mari Kodama and her husband, the conductor Kent Nagano. Beethovens Piano Concertos are undoubtedly amongst the most influential works in the history of music. Art demands of us that we shall not stand still, the composer once wrote, placing the idea of development at the heart of his music. His five piano concertos saw Beethoven take piano music out of the salon and into the concert hall, playing a crucial role in advancing the genre towards the symphony, whilst simultaneously creating a bridge from the First Viennese School to the Romantic period. Mari Kodama, whose virtuosic mastery of the piano made her a household name all over the world, has completed the Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle with her husband Kent Nagano, the international star conductor.

Alexei Lubimov - Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas: No.14 'Moonlight'; No.21 'Waldstein'; No.17 'The Storm' (2013) [Re-Up]

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Alexei Lubimov - Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas: No.14 'Moonlight'; No.21 'Waldstein'; No.17 'The Storm' (2013) [Re-Up]

Alexei Lubimov - Ludwig van Beethoven: Moonlight - Waldstein - Storm (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans ~ 120 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | # 194 | Time: 01:06:47

There are projects on which the artistic director of a record label straightaway asks himself a few questions. For example, when it comes to recording Beethoven’s three ‘greatest hit’ sonatas, recorded a multitude of times by the leading pianists. However, a forte-pianist of the calibre of Alexei Lubimov already constitutes one good reason to implement the project, as does the choice of the facsimile of an Erard piano (1802, copy made by Christopher Clarke) of which the original was within Beethoven’s reach.

Simon Rattle - Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Symphonies, Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Fidelio (2010) 9CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Simon Rattle - Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Symphonies, Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Fidelio (2010) 9CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Simon Rattle - Beethoven: Complete Symphonies, Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Fidelio (2010) 9CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.37 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.35 Gb | Scans ~ 17 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 50999 4 57573 2 7 | Time: 09:56:50

This is the latest and, they tell us, the last of EMI’s Simon Rattle Edition, gathering together the conductor’s complete forays into certain composers and repertoire. As with any such project the sets hitherto released have contained both treasures and duds. Even though not everything here is perfect, this set sends the series out on a high with his complete Vienna recording of the Beethoven symphonies.

Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997

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Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997
Alfred Brendel, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 725 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 402 Mb | Scans ~ 29 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 456 045-2 | Time: 02:54:44

Recorded live in 1983, Alfred Brendel's third go-round with these works drastically improves on his previous Beethoven concerto cycles. He finds a calmer, more direct route to the Emperor Concerto, although the Fourth's first movement is still pock-marked with finicky phrase adjustments that pull focus from the music's poetic arcs. Levine provides sympathetic and alert support, yet is much more than a mere deferential accompanist.

Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set
Beethoven - Shostakovich - Wagner - Mozart - Tchaikovsky - Mussorgsky - Glinka - Glazunov

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.5 Gb | Scans included | Time: 09:57:02
Genre: Classical, Orchestral | Label: Erato | # 2564-69890-5

This compilation covers 20 years of live recordings made by conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky and the then-named Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra for Erato. Mravinsky led that orchestra for nearly 50 years, from 1938 until his death. His last recording was that of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12, made in 1984, found on Disc 3 here. His interpretations of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky were highly regarded, so it's not surprising that several of their symphonies are here. There are also symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven in this set; tone poems by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky; and orchestral excerpts from operas by Wagner, Glinka, and Glazunov. The final disc contains a rare recording of a rehearsal led by Mravinsky, something few outsiders were ever allowed to witness. Even though he was an elder statesman of Russian music at the time of these recordings, there is still precision and energy in his interpretations.

Boris Berezovsky, Swedish CO, Thomas Dausgaard - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor'; Choral Fantasy (2015)

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Boris Berezovsky, Swedish CO, Thomas Dausgaard - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor'; Choral Fantasy (2015)

The Complete Orchestral Works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume 12 (2015)
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major 'Emperor', Op.73; Choral Fantasy, Op.80 (2015)
Boris Berezovsky, piano; Swedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro; Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Simax Classics | # PSC 1285 | Time: 00:53:59

Though close to each other in date, the two works on this disc, which are the last in which Beethoven wrote for piano and orchestra together, are in other respects quite dissimilar. The Emperor is a standard piano concerto or so it seems to us, because it was uniquely influential in defining the form for the next 100 years. To its first audiences it must have seemed highly individual, and even idiosyncratic. The Choral Fantasy, on the other hand, appears to us an unorthodox, even unique conception, much freer in form, as befits the title fantasy which Beethoven chose for it. Yet both are entirely characteristic of the composer in their deployment of a structure that served the purposes of the content of the work itself to its greatest advantage. Concluding the Complete Orchestral Works of Beethoven, this vol. 12 finds Thomas Dausgaard, Boris Berezovsky and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra on top form.

Yevgeny Sudbin, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Osmo Vanska - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2017)

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Yevgeny Sudbin, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Osmo Vanska - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2017)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2017)
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano; Tapiola Sinfonietta; Osmo Vänskä conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2078 | Time: 01:03:19

On two previous discs, Yevgeny Sudbin and Osmo Vänskä have released Beethoven’s three last piano concertos to critical acclaim. Distinctions include Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and the performances have been described as ‘electrifying’ (classicfm.com), ‘absolutely stunning’ (Fanfare) and ‘a Beethoven experience you will not want to miss’ (ClassicsToday.com). For the final disc in their cycle, Sudbin and Vänskä have travelled to Helsinki to team up with Tapiola Sinfonietta, one of the top Nordic ensembles, and well suited for these earlier and more classical of Beethoven’s concertos. Of the two, the one we now know as the Second was actually begun several years before Concerto No. 1, and indeed even before Beethoven left Bonn for Vienna. During the following decade, Beethoven returned to the score repeatedly and made substantial revisions – including composing a new final movement – and ultimately the C major concerto reached publication first.

Sviatoslav Richter - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8 & 23; 8 Bagatelles; Choral Fantasy, Op.80 (2003) [Re-Up]

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Sviatoslav Richter - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8 & 23; 8 Bagatelles; Choral Fantasy, Op.80 (2003) [Re-Up]

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8 & 23; 8 Bagatelles; Choral Fantasy, Op.80 (2003)
Sviatoslav Richter, piano; All-Union Radio Large Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kurt Sanderling
USSR State Russian Chorus, Artistic Director Alexander Sveshnikov

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 00732 | Time: 01:19:37

This live Appassionata, from a Moscow recital of 1959, is one of the most thrilling piano performances ever recorded. Sviatoslav Richter fills every moment of the first movement with intense drama, creates the illusion of total repose in the central variations, and then takes off in the finale with an exhibition of musical virtuosity and ever-increasing tension that becomes almost unbearably intense (and unbelievably fast and accurate). The studio Pathétique is quite fine, and the Fantasy (sung in Russian!) well performed by all but still rather quaint in its effect. But don't miss that Appassionata!

Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti - Live In Concert: Bach / Beethoven - Fugue (2017)

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Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti - Live In Concert: Bach / Beethoven - Fugue (2017)

J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue; Beethoven: String Quartet, Op.130 (2017)
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti, artistic director & violin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 312 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:01:09
Genre: Classical | Label: ABC Classics | # 481 4960

The Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti showcase two works of genius by Beethoven and Bach. Recorded live in concert, these seminal works are given a new lease of life, opening up new soundworlds through the vitality and virtuosity for which the ACO has become globally renowned.

Karajan - Beethoven: Intégrale Des 9 Symphonies, Dirigées Par Karajan (1951-1954) [100e Anniversaire] (2007) (5CD)

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Karajan - Beethoven: Intégrale Des 9 Symphonies, Dirigées Par Karajan (1951-1954) [100e Anniversaire] (2007) (5CD)

Herbert von Karajan - Ludwig van Beethoven: Intégrale Des 9 Symphonies, Dirigées Par Karajan (1951-1954) [100e Anniversaire] (2007) (5CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | 1.45 Gb | Front, Back covers | 05:36:30 | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 770 mb
Classical, Romantic | Label: Editions Prélude Et Fugue

The classic recording of the nine Beethoven Symphonies - Karajan's 1951-1954.

Werner Gura, Christoph Berner - Ludwig van Beethoven: Lieder & Bagatellen (2015)

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Werner Gura, Christoph Berner - Ludwig van Beethoven: Lieder & Bagatellen (2015)

Werner Güra, Christoph Berner - Ludwig van Beethoven: Lieder & Bagatellen (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 210 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC902217 | Time: 01:03:12

Beethoven as a giant of the symphony and the sonata has somewhat overshadowed Beethoven as a creator of songs. On this varied and insightful recording, tenor Werner Güra performs a program featuring Adelaide and the first song cycle in history, An die ferne Geliebte, that proves Beethoven's lieder lacked neither appeal nor originality. Accompanist Christoph Berner plays a Streicher fortepiano of 1847 that is perfectly suited to both the songs and to his solo performance of the wonderful Bagatelles of Op.126.

Minetti Quartett - Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets Op.18/4, Op.95, Op.18/2 (2014) [Re-Up]

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Minetti Quartett - Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets Op.18/4, Op.95, Op.18/2 (2014) [Re-Up]

Minetti Quartett - Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets Op.18/4, Op.95, Op.18/2 (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: hänssler CLASSIC | # CD 98.029 | Time: 01:06:58

The young Austrian Minetti Quartett follow up their first two hänssler CLASSIC releases of works by Haydn and Mendelssohn with works from the pen of the Grand Master of the String Quartet: Ludwig van Beethoven. Two early works from Opus 18, the 4th in the tragic key of C minor and the 2nd in a serene G major, frame the stormy “Quartetto serioso” op 95 in F minor. The unprejudiced naturalness and the multifaceted articulation of these four musicians is presented to fullest advantage in these expressive works, once again showcasing the outstanding musicianship of this young quartet.