Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op.21

  1. 1) I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio

    9.01

  2. 2) II. Andante cantabile con moto

    7.35

  3. 3) III. Menuetto – Trio (Allegro molto e vivace)

    3.30

  4. 4) IV. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

    5.36

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

  1. 5) I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio

    12.12

  2. 6) II. Larghetto

    10.34

  3. 7) III. Scherzo (Allegro)

    3.33

  4. 8) IV. Allegro molto

    6.27

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica”

  1. 1) I. Allegro con brio

    16.11

  2. 2) II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)

    15.23

  3. 3) III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)

    5.41

  4. 4) IV. Allegro molto

    10.53

Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60

  1. 5) I. Adagio - Allegro vivace

    11.54

  2. 6) II. Adagio

    9.15

  3. 7) III. Allegro vivace

    5.41

  4. 8) IV. Allegro ma non troppo

    6.44

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

  1. 1) I. Allegro con brio

    7.05

  2. 2) II. Andante con moto

    10.10

  3. 3) III. Scherzo. Allegro

    5.21

  4. 4) IV. Allegro

    10.58

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastorale” (1808)

  1. 5) I. Allegro ma non troppo (Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankuft auf dem Lande / Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside)

    11.36

  2. 6) II. Andante molto mosso (Szene am Bach / Scene by the brook)

    10.25

  3. 7) III. Allegro (Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute / Merry gathering of country folk)

    5.15

  4. 8) IV. Allegro (Gewitter. Sturm / Thunder. Storm)

    3.48

  5. 9) V. Allegretto (Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm / Shepherd’s song. Cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm)

    8.26

Symphony No.7 in A Major, Op. 92

  1. 1) I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace

    13.45

  2. 2) II. Allegretto

    7.42

  3. 3) III. Presto

    9.21

  4. 4) IV. Allegro con brio

    8.29

Symphony No.8 in F Major, Op. 93

  1. 5) I. Allegro vivace e con brio

    8.29

  2. 6) II. Allegretto scherzando

    3.52

  3. 7) III. Tempo di menuetto

    4.21

  4. 8) IV. Allegro vivace

    7.05

Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”

  1. 1) I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso

    14.25

  2. 2) II. Molto vivace

    14.00

  3. 3) III. Adagio molto e cantabile

    13.05

  4. 4) IV. Finale

    22.34

CD information

THE ULTIMATE SYMPHONIC OEUVRE
Maestro Marek Janowski and the WDR Symphony Orchestra present a new recording of Beethoven’s complete symphonies, the ultimate symphonic oeuvre in all thinkable respects. Bold as they still sound to modern ears, one easily imagines how Beethoven’s contemporaries were completely swept away by the scope, sheer force and adventurous nature of his symphonies. With this integral recording, Janowski and the orchestra finish a project that started with an acclaimed rendition of the 5th and 6th symphonies, released in 2019. The boxset design is inspired by the idea of organic form, an ideal that Beethoven’s contemporaries frequently associated with his symphonies, and which presupposes a resemblance between the structure of his symphonies and the growth of plants and trees. This idea has been visually translated by using close-up photographs from Karl Blossfeldt’s Art Forms in the Plant World (1928). These early twentieth-century images emphasize the timeless modernity of Beethoven’s symphonies, celebrating an extraordinary oeuvre that prospers until this very day.
Marek Janowski is one of the most celebrated conductors of our times, and enjoys a vast PENTATONE discography, including complete recordings of Bruckner’s symphonies and Wagner’s mature operas. This is his third PENTATONE collaboration with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, one of the most established radio orchestras of Germany.

Released physically as a boxset of 5 Standard CDs.