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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Symphony No. 3 [Import]

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra , Claudio Abbado    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed by Abbado lovers Jan. 25 2004
These 4 dvd's of the Beethoven Symphonies should be on any Abbado lover's rack. The sound and images are superb. A very emaciated Claudio Abbado gives the music all his talent, and the BPO responds and plays in typically superb style of the highest standard. The possibility of switching to the Orchestra's view of Abbado is amazing, and ideal for the Abbado worshippers. The performances are, in my opinion, better than the CD set by Abbado and the BPO.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the 3rd and 3 stars for the 9th Feb. 13 2004
By A Customer
Symphony 3 was recorded live at Santa Cecilia, Rome. Symphony 9, on the other hand, was recorded live at Philharmonie, Berlin. Symphony 9 is the same recording as the disappointing one available with Piano Concerto No 2. Buy that DVD (Symphony 9 and Piano Concerto 2) for the Piano Concerto. Buy this DVD for Symphony 3. By the way, these 2 performances come in 2 DVDs but the labels are mixed up--the one that says the 3rd contains the 9th, and vice versa.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed by Abbado lovers Jan. 25 2004
By Emile Myburgh - Published on Amazon.com
These 4 dvd's of the Beethoven Symphonies should be on any Abbado lover's rack. The sound and images are superb. A very emaciated Claudio Abbado gives the music all his talent, and the BPO responds and plays in typically superb style of the highest standard. The possibility of switching to the Orchestra's view of Abbado is amazing, and ideal for the Abbado worshippers. The performances are, in my opinion, better than the CD set by Abbado and the BPO.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT PERFORMANCE OF THE THIRD ! Feb. 3 2005
By John L. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
This symphony cycle on DVD is better than any I own or have heard on CD. I had purchased each of the other DVDs in this set but I had not intended to acquire this one (Beethoven's 3rd and 9th had never been to my liking). .. Eventually though, I bought this DVD because of a review that I read concerning this Eroica. I am very glad I read that review. .. Abbado certainly brings something new to this performance of the 3rd. .. ( I have read that he used a new score by Jonathan Del Mar which reflects the latest Beethoven research). .. There is a passion, a spirit, in this performance that draws me back to hear again.(To a symphony I once avoided!)

I am still not fond of the 9th symphony but I am sure that the reason has nothing to do with Abbado or Berlin Philharmoniker; I just don't like it. .. The Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir were magnificent as always; their sound and performance combined with Beethoven's music was beautiful and inspiring. .. Listen to them in the Verdi, Brahms, and Mozart requiems. It is easy to understand why Abbado chose them for these performances.

Buy this DVD. .. Better yet, buy the whole set. .. Truly great performances, easily affordable (one DVD at a time)!
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the 3rd and 3 stars for the 9th Feb. 13 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Symphony 3 was recorded live at Santa Cecilia, Rome. Symphony 9, on the other hand, was recorded live at Philharmonie, Berlin. Symphony 9 is the same recording as the disappointing one available with Piano Concerto No 2. Buy that DVD (Symphony 9 and Piano Concerto 2) for the Piano Concerto. Buy this DVD for Symphony 3. By the way, these 2 performances come in 2 DVDs but the labels are mixed up--the one that says the 3rd contains the 9th, and vice versa.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! Oct. 11 2008
By Music Maker - Published on Amazon.com
These two masterworks are spectacularly performed by a world-class orchestra under the leadership of one of the greatest living conductors. With respect to interpretation, precision, and passion, I have nothing but praise to offer. From a technical perspective, the sound quality is also exquisite. Thus, the 5-star rating.

Having said all that, however, I would like to mention one pet peeve. And this applies to pretty much every classical DVD I have ever seen. My complaint is, there are many moments when the camera work could / should be better orchestrated. Obviously performance and sound quality are far more important, nevertheless part of the thrill and joy of seeing a live performance in person or on DVD is the visual effect and excitement. Frankly (and no offense to Abbado or any conductor), I don't want to see a close up of the conductor's face while the violins are sawing away 9,000 miles an hour at one of the climactic moments of the Eroica symphony!

Don't get me wrong, MOST of the camerawork is appropriate; the onscreen action follows nicely from soloist to soloist, section to section, a good 80% of the time. But for the other 20% I want to scream at the TV, "For crying out loud, get off the bassoons while the cellos clearly have the foreground material and are throwing off sparks in their delivery!"

Again though, this is a complaint of mine for every classical DVD I've seen. It's definitely very easy to forgive this comparatively minor defect when the performance is utterly exquisite.

Long story made short, buy this DVD! I haven't purchased the others in the series yet but plan to very soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eroica Fine, 9th too fast June 2 2014
By HB - Published on Amazon.com
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It is quite obvious from the start that Claudio Abbado has adopted the new style of conducting Beethoven on this DVD. His tempos are fast, the accents are sharp and their is a tremendous sense of propulsion throughout. While this works quite well in the Eroica, it loses something very important in the 9th, especially in the glorious slow movement. There is very little poetry in this 9th. It just kind of flies along and after awhile it almost becomes annoying. I much prefer the Ozawa recording from Japan. He lets the music breathe and the orchestral playing is actually superior to the legendary Berlin Philharmonic.
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