Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven

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Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, with Maurizio Pollini (piano) Cheryl Studer (soprano) Ilya Gringolts (violin), etc

[ Deutsche Grammophon / 10 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 17 July 2015

Besides the 9 Symphonies, this box set contains the piano concertos with Maurizio Pollini and the Triple Concerto with Alexander Lonquich, Ilya Gringolts, Mario Brunello as soloists. Other highlights include the Choral Fantasy with Yevgeny Kissin and "Ah! Perfido with Cheryl Studer, the overtures "Leonore No.2", "Coriolan", "Namensfeier", the incidental music to Goethe's "Egmont","Die Weihe des Hauses" and "Leonore Prohaska"

"One could say, briefly but not inaccurately, that this is the antithesis of Karajan. Where he was smooth, this is rugged. Where he went in for broad tempos in slow movements, Abbado moves things along, without anything that we would recognise as a real adagio in the whole series. Listening to Abbado's set... really does make you hear these works afresh, and no lover of Beethoven can fail to revel in and learn from it."
(BBC Music Five Stars)

"Ever since student days in Vienna with Toscanini fanatic Hans Swarowsky, Abbado has been in semi-permanent revolt against the Italian school of Beethoven interpretation. In these vibrant Rome performances he achieves an intensity of effect his hero Furtwängler just might have approved."


Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5
Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Ah! Perfido, Op. 65

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Zur Namensfeier overture, Op. 115

Leonore Prohaska WoO 96