Sweet deal on the LvB. Here's a good overview/review...
ClassicsToday.com said: Although 2007 marks no milestone birthdate or deathdate on Beethoven's timeline, that hasn't stopped record companies from hauling out super-budget boxed sets devoted to the composer. Early in the year EMI brought out a 50-disc Collectors Edition, trumped by Sony BMG's promise of a 60-disc "Masterworks" collection. Not to be outdone, Cascade offered Beethoven's integral works on 87 discs. Enter Brilliant Classics, whose complete Beethoven box weighs in at 85 discs with room to spare. The label has cast its licensing tentacles far and wide, embracing famous names and unknowns alike while filling repertoire gaps with new recordings made especially for this project. A substantial portion of the material derives from the Universal Classics family of labels. Friedrich Gulda's thrilling, sometimes iconoclastic late-1960s Piano Sonata cycle appears alongside the pianist's less consistent though never uninteresting collaborations with Horst Stein and the Vienna Philharmonic in the five piano concertos. Alfred Brendel's early Vox Diabelli Variations is musically and sonically inferior to his more mature Philips remakes, while an entire disc of keyboard miscellany (including the rabble-rousing G minor Fantasia Op. 77) features lean-toned, gutsy playing from one Georg Friedrich Schenck. You can do worse than the sometimes underplayed (Nos. 3, 5, 7, and 9) yet never less than solid 1974 Masur/Leipzig symphonies cycle, where Nos. 1, 2, 4, and 8 particularly attract attention. Not only do the classic mono Grumiaux/Haskil Violin Sonata encounters from Philips still sonically hold their own, but they also tower above each of that label's subsequent stereo versions. The Guarneri's 1987-92 Beethoven quartet cycle always impressed me for its vitality, sharply honed linear interplay, and warm engineering. Was a Philips Missa solemnis a must? If so, I would have recommended Jochum's heartfelt, robustly engineered version over the later and cooler Colin Davis traversal here. Similarly, why the clean yet faceless Szeryng/Haitink Violin Concerto instead of the more involved Grumiaux/Galleria? Yet collectors who searched far and wide for Heinrich Schiff's 1998 Cello Sonatas now can bask in this great artist's extraordinary finesse and musical intelligence. Should you prefer Beethoven piano trios on the flexible, roomy side, the Borodin Trio's 1984 Chandos cycle will suit your metabolism. Other chamber works both hit and miss, performance-wise. For example, the Zurich String Trio ranges from mousy (Op. 3) to more on the ball (the Op. 9 trios); Anthony Goldstone and the Cummings Trio are turgid and poorly balanced in the three Piano Quartets; while the Septet falls into the beguiling, graceful hands of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble. Among shorter orchestral fare, the Zinman/Rochester Creatures of Prometheus incidental music and the Skrowaczewski/Minnesota survey of overtures deserve special mention. It's good to be able to access Beethoven's operatic odyssey with the original Leonore (Blomstedt) and rewrite Fidelio (Dohnanyi) back-to-back, and well cast. The young Peter Schreier (vintage 1968-1970) is on hand for most of the art songs. And let's not forget those piles upon piles of folksong arrangements Beethoven churned out for quick cash, cobbled together here from both older and newly recorded sources. Minor Beethoven, true, but with some major moments, like the Auld Lang Syne arrangement's oddball twists and turns of phrase and harmony (why don't we ever hear that on New Year's Eve?). In lieu of a booklet, a CD-ROM contains all texts, annotations, and translations. Considering its high overall quality, completeness factor, and absurdly cheap asking price at around a buck and a half per disc, the Brilliant Classics Complete Beethoven Edition sells itself. --Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 2:44p
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posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 4:03p
WOW!!! Ty OP
posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 4:25p
I loved this movie! That St.Bernard... and the evil Vet. 3 words HIL-LAR-IOUS! Green for you OP! Does this include the sequel?
posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 7:29p
In. While I need another set of the symphonies like a hole in the head and don't care for LVB' [vocal music], the set is well worth it for the piano sonatas and string quartet cycle alone. Thanks OP!
posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 7:43p
Wow. The Brilliant Classics box sets are often $100-200 to start. When checking out, it told me I saved 260% or something. I wonder if this is a price screw up. Cheers, OP!
posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 9:23p
dirtypants said: Wow. The Brilliant Classics box sets are often $100-200 to start. When checking out, it told me I saved 260% or something. I wonder if this is a price screw up. Cheers, OP! Barnes and Noble has it for $176 on pre-order. Definitely a price mistake. I'm not holding my breath on this deal, but stranger things have happened.
posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 9:27p
This edition seems to be slightly different from the review above. Based on the pictures from Amazon, symphonies and piano sonatas are clearly different. For any LvB fan including me, Blomstedt's symphonies and Brendel's piano sonatas are already more than justifying the price. I will be in for a few for me and some of friends.
posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 9:34p
If they added all the mp3s onto their cloud server for my account, I'd be all over this. But CDs? and 85 of them? wow.
posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 9:57p
beautman said: In. While I need another set of the symphonies like a hole in the head and don't care for LVB's operas, the set is well worth it for the piano sonatas and string quartet cycle alone. Thanks OP!
He only has one opera So it won't be THAT painful.
It is the wrong review. The review is for an older edition. It is a 2008 review of an edition released in 2007, seemingly OOP. Above is the link to the older edition.
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posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 10:03p
posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 10:15p
dirtypants said: beautman said: In. While I need another set of the symphonies like a hole in the head and don't care for LVB's operas, the set is well worth it for the piano sonatas and string quartet cycle alone. Thanks OP!
He only has one opera So it won't be THAT painful.
Yes, but he wrote four overtures for it. If you shut it off after an overture, that's like not listening to four operas.
posted: May. 4, 2011 @ 11:58p
Indeed, there are some changes from the earlier Brilliant Complete Beethoven, as attested by this blurb from their website:
RELEASE INFORMATION Beethoven: Complete Edition Composer Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827) Format 85 CD + CR-ROM Walletbox Cat. Number 94052 EAN Code 5028421940526 About this release - Contains some important alterations as compared to the former Edition: Symphonies are played by the superb Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt and Piano Sonatas by Alfred Brendel - Big names: Arthur Grumiaux/Clara Haskil, Friedrich Gulda, Guarneri Quartet, Concertgebouw Orchestra/Haitink, Wiener Philharmoniker,Heinrich Schiff and many more - Free CD-Rom contains bookletnotes, sung texts and biography in English, Italian and Spanish - Award winning set: Diapason d'Or in France. - Unbeatable price
While tastes may differ, in my opinion the new set is even better than that covered in the Classics Today review. Now it's just a matter of waiting to see if Amazon will really honor this pricing...
posted: May. 5, 2011 @ 4:39a
purvis said: This is a pre-order item on Amazon. Release date May 31, 2011
Oh,we must wait for it.It's breathtaking moment.
posted: May. 5, 2011 @ 4:56a
Its seems as if its not available anymore. Am I missing something here?
posted: May. 5, 2011 @ 8:35a
Too bad it is sold out. Would have been a nice addition to my B-collection at an insanely low price!!!
posted: May. 5, 2011 @ 9:08a
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posted: May. 5, 2011 @ 10:08a
Bought all five. Taking a year off to listen to them.
posted: May. 5, 2011 @ 10:24a
Its nice to see the good old Beethoven making the front page on fatwallet
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posted: May. 5, 2011 @ 10:50a
Congratulations to everyone quick enough to get in on the deal while it was still active, though it does look like a price mistake. I signed up to be notified when/if it becomes available again. Who knows, it may be offered at the same price again (fat chance).
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