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Beethoven-Liszt - Symphony No. 9 - Yury Martynov (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Yury Martynov
Title: Beethoven-Liszt - Symphony No. 9
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha Classics | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:10:49
Recorded: 21-25 September 2015 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands


After four previous discs devoted to Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies, the pianist Yury Martynov completes the cycle with the transcription of the Ninth Symphony. The reduction of this complex work for a single piano and two hands – he had already adapted it for two pianos – constituted a genuine challenge for Liszt, who was obliged to omit certain inner parts. Yet he succeeded in reproducing the symphony’s prodigious character and revealing its incredible power. The piano combines the orchestra, the soloists and the chorus, unifying these disparate voices in a single instrument. The work’s energy and its textures are displayed to the full in Yury Martynov’s performance on a Blüthner piano dating from 1867 and belonging to the Edwin Beunk collection.
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Beethoven-Liszt - Symphonies Nos. 7 & 1 - Yury Martynov (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Yury Martynov
Title: Beethoven-Liszt - Symphonies Nos. 7 & 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Zig-Zag Territoires | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:07:36
Recorded: 17 to 21 september 2012 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands

The Russian pianist Yury Martynov presents here the second volume of the complete recording he has undertaken of the cycle of the Beethoven symphonies as transcribed for the piano by Franz Liszt. For both the pianist and his listeners, this recording constitutes a genuine adventure, combining the creative genius of Beethoven, the inspired vision of these works of the composer and pianist Franz Liszt, and a piano with the same sonic resources as were available to Liszt.
Here is what Liszt had to say about the piano as a medium of transcription: ‘In the compass of its seven octaves, it can produce, with only a few exceptions, all the characteristics, all the combinations, all the most learned compositional figures, and leaves the orchestra no other advantages than those . . . of diversity of timbre and massed effects.’
For these two symphonies, Yury Martynov has chosen the same Érard piano of 1837 on which he recorded the first volume of this series. That CD – Symphonies nos.6 and 2 / ZZT 301 – received a particularly warm welcome from the press (‘Choc’ de Classica, May 2012).
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Beethoven-Liszt - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 - Yury Martynov (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Yury Martynov
Title: Beethoven-Liszt - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Zig-Zag Territoires | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:08:51
Recorded: 29 september to 3 october 2014 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands

“I salute the whole achievement as an astonishing, musically enlightening and historically absorbing must-listen. Recommended.” International Record Review on Yury Martynov’s Beethoven/Liszt cycle Yury Martynov here plays the same Blüthner piano of 1867 chosen for the previous volume in this series as he moves on to Beethoven’s Fourth and Fifth symphonies in their transcriptions by Liszt. The Hungarian composer wrote of his approach: ‘I will be satisfied if I have accomplished the task of the intelligent engraver, the conscientious translator, who grasp the spirit of a work along with the letter, and thereby help to propagate knowledge of the masters and the appreciation of the beautiful.’
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Beethoven-Liszt - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 - Yury Martynov (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Yury Martynov
Title: Beethoven-Liszt - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8
Genre: Classical
Label: © Zig-Zag Territoires | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:21:45
Recorded: 23 to 27 september 2013 in Doopsgezinde Gemeente Church, Haarlem, Netherlands


Transcription, for Franz Liszt, was in equal measure a means of celebrating the genius of Beethoven and of meditating on his works. It was also a way of provoking a well-nigh titanic confrontation between the resources of the pianist and his instrument and the immense potential of the orchestra. Thus the power of the interpreter’s conception, his understanding of the essence of the work, become the crucial factor in Liszt’s approach and in the adventure offered to the listener.
For the third volume of his complete set of Liszt’s transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies, Yury Martynov has chosen a piano of 1867 made by Blüthner, whose instruments were much admired by Liszt.
The fourth and fifth volumes in the series will be released in early 2015 and early 2016 respectively. Yury Martynov will also record a Prokofiev programme on a modern piano, which will be issued by Zig-Zag Territoires in the autumn of 2014.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin Concerto & 7th Symphony - Les Dissonances, David Grimal (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Les Dissonances, David Grimal
Title: Beethoven - Violin Concerto & 7th Symphony
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:26:07
Recorded live at the Opera de Dijon March 15 & May 27, 2010

„Faced with such an enormous choice of recordings of the Beethoven concerto, this one at least has a unique selling point in new cadenzas composed for David Grimal by Brice Pauset. Although they remain within the bounds of propriety, that for the first movement is unusual in its inclusion at its mid-point of an orchestral role with solo piano. Otherwise the performance, taken from a Dijon concert in 2010, is a rewardingly fresh reading of the printed score. Maybe the central Larghetto is a little slow, but the whole account has an unhurried feel, and Grimal’s long lyric lines are shaped with beauty and much affection.“ --David Denton, theStrad

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Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin Concerto, Romances - Liza Ferschtman, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Liza Ferschtman, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend
Title: Beethoven - Violin Concerto, Romances
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 29 October 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:58:18
Recorded: Muziekcentrum Enschede (NL)
Recording dates: 10-12 February 2010 (Violin Concerto), 30 June - 1 July 2010 (Violin Romances)


These are fine, thoughtful performances, noteworthy in several respects. The balance between orchestra and violin is very natural, giving the soloist no special advantage; this, and the fact that the wind instruments are given a particularly prominent profile, imparts an unusual but not unwelcome perspective. The passage in the Concerto’s first movement where the violin soars aloft over a soft string accompaniment (track 1, 11'58"), and where most violinists slow right down, is here played, most delicately, at a speed closer to the basic tempo – and we can hear with unusual clarity the horns intoning the opening drum motif. And when the key-changes and the timpani, along with trumpets, reclaim the motif, the effect is magical.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 'Choral' - Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend (2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend
Title: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 'Choral'
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 30 January 2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:03:12
Recorded: Muziekcentrum Enschede (NL)
Recording dates: 2-14 & 18 July 2011

This is the fifth and final volume in a cycle of the complete symphonies of Beethoven being released by conductor Jan Willem de Vriend and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. The new disc features the composer’s 9th Symphony known as the “Choral”, and as with previous recordings in the series it is being made available as a hybrid SACD.
Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 has been the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. De Vriend has been a guest conductor with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is based in province of Overijssel with performs concert series in Enschede, Hengelo, Zwolle and Deventer.
Written in 1824, the Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, is Beethoven’s final complete symphony. It has come to be known as the “Choral Symphony”, and is the first example of a major work of its type to incorporate voices. The words are sung during the final movement by four vocal soloists and a chorus. They were taken from the "Ode to Joy", a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803, with additions made by the composer.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 - Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Title: Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 01:10:45
Recorded: May 8-11, 2015, Goldener Saal, MusikVerein, Vienna (live)


Nikolaus Harnoncourt is celebrated as one of the most influential musical personalities of the second-half of the twentieth century, and this new release is the last recording made by the great conductor, having announcing his retirement in December 2015. It is also the first time Harnoncourt conducts Beethoven's symphonies 4 and 5 with Concentus Musicus Vienna, which he founded in 1953 and now is the longest existing period instrument ensemble.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 - Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Kent Nagano (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano
Title: Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © Analekta
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 64:50
Recorded: January 7, 8 and 9, 2014, at the OSM’s new home, Maison symphonique de Montréal

Kent Nagano leads the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on this album of Beethoven symphonies, the final volume of their project to record the complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies. Nagano calls these two symphonies "peculiar retreats" from the composer's other symphonic works.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7 - Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Kent Nagano (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano
Title: Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:04:34
Recorded: March 20 & 21, 2013, Maison symphonique de Montréal, Canada


Kent Nagano and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal recorded the complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies in Montréal between 2007 and 2013, released as a highly-acclaimed six-disc set and on individual volumes. The two symphonies on this album were recorded in March 2013 at the orchestra's home auditorium, the Maison symphonique de Montréal.
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