(2012) Beethoven 9 Symphonies

Andre Cluytens

... read moreAndre Cluytens' 1957-1960 cycle of Beethoven symphonies was the first Beethoven cycle directed by a French conductor, but since the orchestra is the super-virtuoso, echt-Deutsch Berliner Philharmoniker, it's hard to say exactly what is French about these performances. The colors are carefully...

06:17′:22″ 40 Songs

Disk 1

1
Symphony No. 1 In C Major, Op. 21: I. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con Brio
Andre Cluytens
9:33
2
Symphony No. 1 In C Major, Op. 21: Ii. Andante Cantabile Con Moto
Andre Cluytens
6:05
3
Symphony No. 1 In C Major, Op. 21: Iii. Menuetto (Allegro Molto E Vivace)
Andre Cluytens
3:28
4
Symphony No. 1 In C Major, Op. 21: Iv. Finale (Adagio - Allegro Molto E Vivace)
Andre Cluytens
6:02
5
Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": I. Allegro Con Brio
Andre Cluytens
14:27
6
Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica": Ii. Marcia Funebre (Adagio Assai)
Andre Cluytens
16:08
7
Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": Iii. Scherzo (Allegro Vivace)
Andre Cluytens
5:25
8
Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": Iv. Finale (Allegro Molto)
Andre Cluytens
11:35
9
Die Geschöpfe Des Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture
Andre Cluytens
5:35

Disk 2

1
Symphonie N°2 En Ré Majeur Op.36 : I Adagio Molto - Allegro Con Brio
Andre Cluytens
12:42
2
Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 36: Ii. Larghetto
Andre Cluytens
11:28
3
Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 36: Iii. Scherzo (Allegro)
Andre Cluytens
3:46
4
Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 36: Iv. Allegro Molto
Andre Cluytens
6:46
5
Symphony No. 4 In B-Flat Major, Op. 60: I. Adagio - Allegro Vivace
Andre Cluytens
10:17
6
Symphony No. 4 In B-Flat Major, Op. 60: Ii. Adagio
Andre Cluytens
9:57
7
Symphony No. 4 In B-Flat Major, Op. 60: Iii. Allegro Vivace
Andre Cluytens
6:06
8
Symphony No. 4 In B-Flat Major, Op. 60: Iv. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Andre Cluytens
7:02
9
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture
Andre Cluytens
9:13

Disk 3

1
Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro Con Brio
Andre Cluytens
8:25
2
Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67: Ii. Andante Con Moto
Andre Cluytens
9:52
3
Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67: Iii. Allegro
Andre Cluytens
5:30
4
Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67: Iv. Allegro
Andre Cluytens
9:03
5
Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: I. Poco Sostenuto - Vivace
Andre Cluytens
13:29
6
Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Ii. Allegretto
Andre Cluytens
9:25
7
Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Iii. Presto
Andre Cluytens
8:21
8
Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Iv. Allegro Con Brio
Andre Cluytens
7:02
9
Fidelio, Ouverture En Mi Majeur Op.72
Andre Cluytens
7:08

Disk 4

1
Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo (Erwachen Heiterer Empfindungen Bei Der Ankunft Auf Dem Lande)
Andre Cluytens
10:18
2
Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": Ii. Szene Am Bach
Andre Cluytens
13:44
3
Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": Iii. Lustiges Zusammensein Der Landleute
Andre Cluytens
5:53
4
Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": Iv. Gewitter, Sturm
Andre Cluytens
3:47
5
Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": V. Hirtengesang. Frohe Und Dankbare Gefühle Nach Dem Sturm
Andre Cluytens
9:50
6
Symphony No. 8 In F Major, Op. 93: I. Allegro Vivace E Con Brio
Andre Cluytens
10:38
7
Symphony No. 8 In F Major, Op. 93: Ii. Allegretto Scherzando
Andre Cluytens
3:58
8
Symphony No. 8 In F Major, Op. 93: Iii. Tempo Di Menuetto
Andre Cluytens
5:05
9
Symphony No. 8 In F Major, Op. 93: Iv. Allegro Vivace
Andre Cluytens
7:47

Disk 5

1
Symphonie N°9 En Ré Mineur Op.125 ''Avec Choeurs'' : I Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco Maestoso
Andre Cluytens
18:07
2
Symphonie N°9 En Ré Mineur Op.125 ''Avec Choeurs'' : Ii Molto Vivace
Andre Cluytens
11:29
3
Symphonie N°9 En Ré Mineur Op.125 ''Avec Choeurs'' : Iii Adagio Molto E Cantabile
Andre Cluytens
17:21
4
Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": Iv. Presto - Allegro Assai
Andre Cluytens
25:35
Released 20 July 2012, Warner Music France. A Warner Music Group Company.

Review

Andre Cluytens' 1957-1960 cycle of Beethoven symphonies was the first Beethoven cycle directed by a French conductor, but since the orchestra is the super-virtuoso, echt-Deutsch Berliner Philharmoniker, it's hard to say exactly what is French about these performances. The colors are carefully weighed and balanced, but they are still more German primary colors than French blended colors. The tempos are quick but not especially so, and though they are often impetuous, they are never reckless. Cluytens does not overly emphasize line over form, and although his conception of the scores is more nuanced than a German's might be, it is in no way too subtle. The usual distinctions between more reserved even-numbered symphonies and more aggressive odd-numbered symphonies hold less here than they might, but less so than in many readings by English and American conductors. Cluytens is a generously talented, highly skilled conductor, and each work is superbly performed by the Berlin. But, while one can easily listen through with pleasure, and even return to each performance and hear new things every time, there are other, better Beethoven cycles out there, and Cluytens can't stand up to the competition as a top rank in the pantheon. EMI's early stereo sound is not perhaps as warm and rich as its later stereo sound, but it's still very impressive for its time.