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Ludwig van Beethoven

Testament 1283
  • Symphony #3 in E flat Op. 55
  • Missa Solemnis Op. 123
Leonore Kirchstein
Jeanne Deroubaix
Peter Schreier
Gunther Morbach
Choir & Orchestra of the Gurzenich of Cologne/Günter Wand
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Testament 1284
  • Symphony #1 in C Op. 21
  • Symphony #7 in A Op. 92
Orchestra of the Gurzenich of Cologne/Günter Wand
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Testament 1285
  • Symphony #2 in D Op. 36
  • Overture "Coriolan"
  • Overture "Egmont"
  • Overture "Leonora" #3
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Testament 1286
  • Symphony #4 in B Flat Op. 60
  • Symphony #5 in C minor, Op. 67
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Testament 1287
  • Symphony #9 in D minor, Op. 125
Teresa Stich Randall
Lore Fischer
Ferdinand Koch
Rudolf Watzke
Choir & Orchestra of the Gurzenich of Cologne/Günter Wand
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Günter Wand's recent demise has created an almost unprecedented interest in his previous recordings after a late Indian summer that saw so many fine discs of the central German repertoire.

This Beethoven symphony cycle minus the 6th and 8th is a buried treasure and demonstrates Wand's impeccable credentials in such repertoire in the mid 50's when the pressings were made.

In the earlier symphonies, Wand's classical approach is always very pleasing and the end result are versions that may hold their own with other, more illustrious recordings. I was particularly enthused by the Second which is a model of clarity and a miracle of unforced motion. The three overtures on that disc are also compelling interpretations especially 'Egmont'

The Fifth is bold and restrained yet the explosive Finale really demonstrates Wand's ability to create and sustain climaxes. The same goes for a relaxed yet characterful Seventh that has a most poetic 2nd Movement.

Finally we have the Ninth, a towering achievement with the young Stich Randall particularly noticeable and a craggy, germane Missa Solemnis that is also comparable to the very best.

This is an extremely valid collection and as always Testament's remastering is of the highest quality throughout. There are more issues of Mozart's music from this relationship and if they are half as good as this series then they are also a strong buy.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech

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