Beethoven

Kurt Masur - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (Remastered) (1973/2020)

Kurt Masur - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (Remastered) (1973/2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 332 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 169 MB
1:13:30 | Classical | Label: Edel Germany GmbH

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and his Missa Solemnis have a lot in common. Both works come from the composer's last decade. Both works are massively scored for soloists, chorus, and orchestra and both aspire to reveal Beethoven's beatific vision in sound. But for their similarities, Beethoven's Ninth and his Missa Solemnis are not the same work. There are crucial musical differences, one is about its themes while the other is about its text, and there is an even more fundamental difference: one is a symphony while the other is a mass. More bluntly put, one is merely the embodiment of the Enlightenment and the other is a setting of the word of God. Which, when you think about it, is quite a big difference. The problem is that Kurt Masur doesn't seem to have thought about it because while his 1972 recording of the Missa Solemnis with his Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is in every way as great as his contemporaneous recording of the Ninth, and it is the same sort of greatness, a secular humanist greatness. Which, as greatness goes, is pretty great; but as superbly sung, superlatively played, and supremely human as Masur's Missa Solemnis is, it lacks spirituality. The true greatness of the Missa Solemnis is its overwhelming sense that the numinous is imminent and for all the real and honest greatness of Masur's recording, one never senses the eternal or the infinite in his Missa Solemnis. Berlin's stereo sound was a bit gray in its day and this digital remastering is only a bit less gray.
Wiener Symphoniker, Jascha Horenstein - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (2011)

Wiener Symphoniker, Jascha Horenstein - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (2011)
FLAC (Tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Official Digital Download
Classical | Label: Pristine | ~ 686 Mb
Rudolf Buchbinder - Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas [9CDs] (2021)

Rudolf Buchbinder - Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas [9CDs] (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,94 Gb | Total time: 9:43:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 486 0484 | Recorded: 2014

Few musicians have engaged with Beethoven’s music as intensively and over such a long period as the Austrian Maestro Rudolf Buchbinder. In performing the 32 piano sonatas as full cycles countless times all over the world, he has developed his interpretation over decades. This edition is the complete cycle recorded over several recital concerts at the 2014 Salzburg Festival, where he has been the first pianist ever to accomplished this feat.
David Oistrakh - Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos; Beethoven: Violin Romances (1995)

David Oistrakh - Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos; Beethoven: Violin Romances (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 601 Mb | Total time: 67:35+74:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 447 427-2 | Recorded: 1954, 1861, 1962

Few violinists could perform with such overwhelmingly beautiful sound, power and absolute technical security.
Trio Zimmermann - Ludwig van Beethoven: String Trio Op.3; Serenade Op.8 (2014)

Trio Zimmermann - Ludwig van Beethoven: String Trio Op.3; Serenade Op.8 (2014)
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin; Antoine Tamestit, viola; Christian Poltéra, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2087 | Time: 01:07:55

The Trio Zimmermann’s previous release of Beethoven’s Trios received excellent reviews and won them the BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Award in 2013. This next instalment shows us the ‘lighter’ side of Beethoven’s chamber works. The Trio in E flat major and Serenade in D major consist of sequences of six and eight movements respectively, with minuets and marches reminding us of courtly music from an earlier period. However, they are far from ‘old-fashioned’. The adventurous spirit of the young Beethoven is plain to hear, in the exceptionally creative use of textures, thematic development and formal innovation. In this music Beethoven gives each instrument an equal importance and a highly individual treatment. A first-class chamber ensemble is required to meet these demands and this is exactly what the Trio Zimmermann offer, comprised of three exceptional soloists.
Arthur Schoonderwoerd, Cristofori - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 6 (2008)

Arthur Schoonderwoerd, Cristofori - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 6 (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:34 | 355 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | Catalog: 122

et ready for the shock of the new , or, in this case, the old. This disc of Beethoven concertos by keyboardist Arthur Schoonderwoerd has a highly unusual sound, even by the standards of the historical-performance movement. Performances of the Beethoven concertos in period style are rarer than those of the sonatas, which are themselves rarer than those of music by Mozart and Haydn. This is partly because the whole issue is more problematical with Beethoven, who was clearly striving toward larger dimensions. But Schoonderwoerd makes some educated guesses about actual pianos, ensembles, and techniques that might have been used, and apparently were used at times.
Maggini Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18, 1 & 2 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Maggini Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18, 1 & 2 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 57:58 minutes | 2,22 GB
Classical | Label: Meridian, Official Digital Download

New recordings of Beethoven’s Op. 18 string quartets by the Maggini String Quartet. Recorded in March 2020.

In Search of Beethoven (2009)  Video

Posted by RSU75 at April 28, 2022
In Search of Beethoven (2009)

In Search of Beethoven (2009)
DVD Video, DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 | 720x480 | 2hr 19mn | 7.54 Gb + 3.93 Gb
English: AC3, 2 ch, 256 kbps
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music

The first truly comprehensive feature length cinema documentary ever made about Beethoven. With over 60 live performances.
Alfred Brendel, Chicago CO, James Levine - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983) 3CD, Remastered 1997
Alfred Brendel, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 725 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 402 Mb | Scans ~ 29 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 456 045-2 | Time: 02:54:44

Recorded live in 1983, Alfred Brendel's third go-round with these works drastically improves on his previous Beethoven concerto cycles. He finds a calmer, more direct route to the Emperor Concerto, although the Fourth's first movement is still pock-marked with finicky phrase adjustments that pull focus from the music's poetic arcs. Levine provides sympathetic and alert support, yet is much more than a mere deferential accompanist.
Maggini Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18, 1 & 2 (2021)

Maggini Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18, 1 & 2 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 225 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 133 Mb | 00:57:58
Classical | Label: Meridian

New recordings of Beethoven’s Op. 18 string quartets by the Maggini String Quartet. Recorded in March 2020.