Beethoven: The Symphonies

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LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: The Symphonies
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg

[ Deutsche Grammophon / 5 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 15 May 2020

In 1952, William Steinberg and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra embarked on a Beethoven symphony cycle which utilized the new and sonically advantageous process of recording on 35mm film, which was supervised by engineer Bob Fine (who would soon introduce the sonic-standard-setting 'Living Presence' recordings for Mercury). Steinberg's unique approach to Beethoven was warmly received by critics who praised the conductor for allowing the works to speak entirely for themselves.

Now Deutsche Grammophon presents the first-ever CD release of this fabled Steinberg-Beethoven symphony cycle, originally recorded for Command Classics.