[ Warner Classics / 80 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Sunday 1 December 2019
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Doing full justice to Beethoven's awe-inspiring, but profoundly humane genius, this is Warner Classics' first-ever complete edition of his works. It draws discerningly on the riches of the label's catalogue, assuring integrity by assigning entire cycles to the same artist, ensemble or team of performers. Classics from the age of the LP are complemented by the best of the CD era and by a wealth of new recordings of rarely heard works that are ripe for discovery. This is a comprehensive and most satisfying tribute to Beethoven, a transformative force who has enhanced the lives of music-lovers for more than two centuries.
2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth.
Beethoven was born in Bonn in December 1770 - probably on 16th December, since his baptism took place on 17th December. He died in Vienna on 26th March 1827.
The all-round recommendation for a complete Beethoven edition
This complete Beethoven edition follows the major success of Warner Classics' complete Debussy and Berlioz editions, acknowledged as the best of their kind. The 80CD set offers recordings of exceptional artistic and technical quality at a price that represents outstanding value for money.
Carefully selected from the Warner Classics and Erato catalogues, and complemented by items licensed in from external catalogues, the recordings do full justice to the extraordinary breadth, diversity and depth of Beethoven's oeuvre. The edition includes classic recordings from the LP era, but the majority of the collection, above all the complete cycles (symphonies, piano concertos, piano sonatas, string quartets etc.), comprise recordings that represent the best of the CD era.
Celebrated and authoritative Beethoven interpreters from the past and the present Such artists as (in alphabetical order): Artemis Quartet, Daniel Barenboim, Rudolf Buchbinder, Renaud Capuçon, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Otto Klemperer, Stephen Kovacevich, Yo-Yo Ma, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, Jacqueline du Pré, András Schiff, János Starker.
Symphonies Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Piano Concertos András Schiff, Bernard Haitink, Staatskapelle Dresden
Violin Concerto & Romances Itzhak Perlman
Piano sonatas Stephen Kovacevich
String quartets Artemis Quartet
Violin sonatas Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley
Fidelio & Missa Solemnis Otto Klemperer
Other artists who feature in the collection include: Daniel Barenboim, Rudolf Buchbinder, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Carlo Maria Giulini, Otto Klemperer, Yo-Yo Ma, Yehudi Menuhin, Jacqueline du Pré, János Starker.
Some 300 tracks specially recorded for the box
These specially recorded tracks mostly comprise rarely heard works that are waiting to be discovered by a broader body of listeners. In the main these are piano works, choral works and songs.