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hornteacher

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Wand's Beethoven Cycle
« on: May 15, 2007, 02:15:38 AM »
Can someone who has heard this cycle comment on the good/bad aspects of the cycle?  I own the CD of the 9th and enjoy it very much but was considering getting the entire set.

George

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Re: Wand's Beethoven Cycle
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2007, 04:27:05 AM »
Can someone who has heard this cycle comment on the good/bad aspects of the cycle?  I own the CD of the 9th and enjoy it very much but was considering getting the entire set.

I got that one awhile back, but have only gone once through the cycle. I certainly enjoyed it, but couldn't say anything more specific about it. I have the same performances, just with different packaging. FWIW, I can also say that M Forever liked this one.

Here's a fairly extensive review.

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This discussion was helpful to me in choosing my copy. Just scroll up for the beginning of the discussion.

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Re: Wand's Beethoven Cycle
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2007, 04:41:25 AM »
Can someone who has heard this cycle comment on the good/bad aspects of the cycle?  I own the CD of the 9th and enjoy it very much but was considering getting the entire set.

I also own his 9th and, like you, enjoy it very much. I have had that LvB set on my want list for some time now as it seems to be very well-received. He has a Brahms and a Schubert set as well--also on my want list. Wand is perfect for this repertoire.

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Re: Wand's Beethoven Cycle
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007, 05:05:08 AM »
If you don't already have Barenboim I think Wand is a great set. Both are old-school (well in the modern sense, certainly nothing like Klemperer). This means while they employ a big fat Teutonic sound they don't indulge in the numerous tempi and dynamic fluctuations that Klemperer did (very convincingly BTW). I doubt you will need another modern set if you have Wand or Barenboim but knock yourself out ;)

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Re: Wand's Beethoven Cycle
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2007, 01:04:06 PM »
I got that one awhile back, but have only gone once through the cycle. I certainly enjoyed it, but couldn't say anything more specific about it. I have the same performances, just with different packaging. FWIW, I can also say that M Forever liked this one.

Here's a fairly extensive review.

and

This discussion was helpful to me in choosing my copy. Just scroll up for the beginning of the discussion.

 :)

Excellent, thank you.

George

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Re: Wand's Beethoven Cycle
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2007, 02:11:19 PM »
Wand is very level-headed. I have his live 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 & studio 7 and 9. On the more "angry-sounding" symphonies (e.g. 3 and 5 say, he is less "angry and ferocious" unlike Karajan in 3 & 5 and C Kleiber in 5). The rest are very fine versions - no added personal musicality - just plain Beethoven's great music is heard. The studio and live recordings are very fine in sound - correct depth, balance, sonority, resonance, etc.

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Re: Wand's Beethoven Cycle
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2007, 04:32:09 PM »
Wand is very level-headed. I have his live 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 & studio 7 and 9. On the more "angry-sounding" symphonies (e.g. 3 and 5 say, he is less "angry and ferocious" unlike Karajan in 3 & 5 and C Kleiber in 5). The rest are very fine versions - no added personal musicality - just plain Beethoven's great music is heard. The studio and live recordings are very fine in sound - correct depth, balance, sonority, resonance, etc.

Agreed. Very enjoyable set.