Beethoven 2020 - The New Complete Edition (118CD + 2DVD + 3Blu-ray Audio)

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To mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth next year, Deutsche Grammophon has created the most comprehensive and complete set of his works ever issued; Beethoven – The New Complete Edition, curated in partnership with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn. The Yellow Label’s flagship project for Beethoven year comprises over 175 hours of music – complete with new and world premiere recordings – on 118 CDs, 3 Blu-ray audio discs and 2 DVDs, as well as 16 digital albums to be released at the same time. The set showcases legendary interpretations from DG’s peerless Beethoven catalogue along with an array of treasures assembled in collaboration with Decca and numerous other labels.

Pianist Lang Lang and violinist Daniel Hope, spokesperson for The New Complete Edition and incoming President of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, have made recordings for the set’s “World Premieres & Rarities” volume, which reflects the project’s commitment to artistic quality and the most comprehensive coverage of the composer’s music. Lang Lang has recorded the Menuet in C, WoO 218, while Hope’s contributions include the fragmentary Duo for violin and cello in E flat (Unv 8), recorded with Daniel Müller-Schott and Beethoven’s last musical thought, the Andante maestoso for string quintet, WoO 62, recorded with Müller-Schott, Ikki Opitz, Amihai Grosz and Tatjana Masurenko.

“This extraordinary new complete edition of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven provides a much needed focus on the creative output of a titan,” observes Daniel Hope. “Alongside a multitude of legendary recordings, some of which would undoubtedly be on my list of ‘Desert Island Discs’, I was honoured to record newly discovered works by Beethoven for the first time. This was done in conjunction with the meticulous and scholarly work of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, whose President I shall become in 2020. As Beethoven himself said in 1801: ‘There ought to be only one large art warehouse in the world, to which the artist could carry his artworks, and from which he could carry away whatever he needed’. Thanks to Deutsche Grammophon, Beethoven’s ‘Art Warehouse’ is now a reality.”

Beethoven – The New Complete Edition is built around recordings by over 250 of the greatest Beethoven performers of all time, ranging from Karl Böhm to Alfred Brendel, Claudio Arrau to the Amadeus Quartet, Wilhelm Furtwängler to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Emil Gilels to John Eliot Gardiner, Wilhelm Kempff to Herbert von Karajan, Yehudi Menuhin to Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Murray Perahia to Maurizio Pollini. The New Complete Edition spans nine volumes, opening with Beethoven’s orchestral music and embracing everything from little-known ballet scores and folksong arrangements to his genre-defining piano sonatas and string quartets. Specially commissioned essays and editorial commentary by leading Beethoven scholars, Professors Christine Siegert and Barry Cooper among them, serve as companions on the journey into the composer’s vast creative universe.

Among many highlights are more than 30 discs devoted to alternative interpretations, among them historic archive recordings and period-instrument performances, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s readings of the nine symphonies; three Blu-ray audio discs in 24-bit sound containing Karajan’s legendary 1962 symphony cycle, Kempff’s vision of the complete Piano Sonatas, and the Amadeus Quartet’s benchmark recording of the complete String Quartets; and two DVDs, the first featuring Fidelio conducted by Leonard Bernstein, the second Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7 conducted by Carlos Kleiber.

Each of the nine volumes is accompanied by a book containing extensive notes on the repertoire, tracklists, sung texts where appropriate (in German and English) and comprehensive recording details. These have been colour-coded to allow listeners to navigate the set with ease, picking out individual pieces or exploring everything within a particular genre, for example comparing interpretations on modern instruments with others based on historically informed performance practice.

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Key Features:

• Assembled in cooperation with Decca and 10 other labels; many alternative performances including three complete symphony cycles.

• Includes over 250 legendary performers from Gilels to Gardiner, Amadeus Quartet to Arrau, Furtwangler to Fischer-Dieskau, , Kempff to Karajan, Boehm to Brendel, Menuhin to Mutter and Perahia to Pollini

• Extensive editorial – by leading Beethoven scholars

• New Recordings – Over 150 minutes, including several world premieres

• Scholarship – in partnership with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, the one and only Complete Edition with support of the official Beethoven 2020 foundation.

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Contents:

  • 118 CDs divided into 9 genres (see below for full listing)
  • 2 DVDs: Fidelio (Bernstein) and Symphonies Nos.4 & 7 (Kleiber)
  • 3 Blu-ray Audio Discs: Symphonies (Karajan) / Piano Sonatas (Kempff) / Quartets (Amadeus Quartet)
  • Colour-coded for easy navigation
  • Lavishly illustrated hardback book with new essay by Christine Siegert, introductory note by Barry Cooper and a biography in pictures, alphabetical work index & artist index
  • 9 softcover books with tracklistings, notes and sung texts (EN/DE), illustrations, and full recording information

 

SYMPHONIES

Modern Instrument Cycle

  • 1 Symphonies nos. 1 & 2; Prometheus & Leonore III Overtures (Gewandhaus/Chailly)
  • 2 Symphonies nos. 3 & 4 (BP/Abbado)
  • 3 Coriolan Overture (Gewandhaus/Chailly) Symphonies no. 5 (LAP/Giulini) no. 6 (BP/Abbado)
  • 4 Symphonies no. 7 (WP/Nelsons) no. 8; Namensfeier Overture (Gewandhaus/Chailly) Wellington’s Victory (BP/Karajan)
  • 5 Symphony no. 9 (BP/Karajan 1977)

Vienna Cycle

  • 6 Symphonies nos. 1 & 2 (WP/Bernstein) Incidental Music to Egmont (WP/Szell)
  • 7 Symphonies no. 3 (WP/Monteux) no. 4 (WP/Schmidt-Isserstedt)
  • 8 Symphonies nos. 5 & 7 (WP/C. Kleiber)
  • 9 Symphonies no. 6 (WP/Böhm) no. 8 (WP/Nelsons)
  • 10 Symphony no. 9 (WP/Bernstein)

Period Instrument Cycle

  • 11 Symphonies nos. 1 & 2 (ORR/Gardiner)
  • 12 Symphonies nos. 3 & 4 (ORR/Gardiner)
  • 13 Symphonies nos. 5 & 6 (ORR/Gardiner)
  • 14 Symphonies nos. 7 & 8 (ORR/Gardiner)
  • 15 Symphony no. 9; Fantasia for Piano, Chorus & Orchestra (Levin/ORR/Gardiner)

 

CONCERTOS

  • 16 Piano Concerto WoO4 (Brautigam) Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 (Argerich)
  • 17 Piano Concertos nos. 3 & 4 (Brendel)
  • 18 Piano Concerto no. 5 (Zimerman) Violin Concerto (Repin)
  • 19 Violin Concerto; Violin Romances nos. 1 & 2 (Mutter) Romance cantabile (Chung)
  • 20 Piano Concertos no. 2 (Gulda) no. 1 (Buchbinder) Rondo in B♭ (Richter)
  • 21 Piano Concertos nos. 3 & 4; Fantasia for Piano, Chorus & Orchestra (Pollini)
  • 22 Piano Concerto no. 5 (Kempff) Piano Concerto in D (Barenboim)
  • 23 Triple Concerto (Chung Trio) Concerto Movement (Kremer) Mozart Piano Concerto no. 20 Cadenzas (Serkin)

 

MUSIC FOR THE STAGE

  • 24 Ballet Music Ritterballett (BP/Karajan) Creatures of Prometheus (Orpheus CO)
  • 25 Dances & Marches (Marriner, Maazel, Rickenbacher, Priem-Bergrath)

Incidental Music

  • 26 Full Music to Egmont (BP/Abbado) Ruins of Athens (BP/Klee) Gratulations-Menuett (BP/Karajan)
  • 27 King Stephen (Chung) Tarpeja (A. Davis) Consecration of the House (Järvi) Leonore Prohaska (Abbado)

Opera

  • 28 Leonore (1805) (ORR/Gardiner)
  • 29 Leonore cont. (1805) (ORR/Gardiner)
  • 30 Fidelio Act I (MCO/Abbado)
  • 31 Fidelio Act II (MCO/Abbado) Leonore I Overture; Singspiel Arias, Choruses & Scenes

 

PIANO SONATAS

  • 32 Piano Sonatas nos. 1-3 (Pollini)
  • 33 Piano Sonatas no. 4 (Gilels) no. 5 (Kocsis) no. 6 (Arrau) no. 8 (Kovacevich)
  • 34 Piano Sonatas no. 7 (Arrau ‘85) no. 9 (Brendel) no. 10 (Ashkenazy) no. 11 (Brendel ’77)
  • 35 Piano Sonatas no. 12 (Brendel) no. 13 (Gilels) no. 14 (Freire) no. 15 (Brendel ’77) no. 19 (Lupu)
  • 36 Piano Sonatas no. 16 (Brendel) no. 17 (Arrau) no. 18 (Kovacevich) no. 20 (Lupu)
  • 37 Piano Sonatas nos. 21 & 25 (Gilels) no. 22 (Brendel) no. 23 (Gilels) no. 24 (Ashkenazy)
  • 38 Piano Sonatas nos. 26, 27 & 29 (Gilels)
  • 39 Piano Sonatas nos. 28 & 29 (Pollini)
  • 40 Piano Sonatas nos. 30-32 (Pollini)
  • 41 Named Sonatas I – Pathétique (Lupu) Moonlight (Perahia) Tempest (Grimaud) Waldstein (Freire)
  • 42 Named Sonatas II – Appassionata (Gulda) Les Adieux (Kissin) Hammerklavier (Perahia)
  • 43 Last Sonatas – no. 30 (Gilels) no. 31 (Brendel) no. 32 (Uchida)

 

OTHER KEYBOARD WORKS

  • 44 Bagatelles (Larrocha, Brendel, Kovacevich, Pletnev, Lang Lang, Cascioli)
  • 45 Electoral Sonatas (Gilels, Demus) Sonata Movements (Pletnev, Cascioli, Ott, Ugorski)
  • 46 Dances & Miscellaneous Works (Lupu, Cascioli, Katchen, Pletnev, Kempff, Lang Lang)
  • 47 Variations WoO63-66 & 68-71 (Pletnev, Cascioli, Mustonen, Ashkenazy)
  • 48 Variations WoO72, 73 & 75-77 (Cascioli) op.34 (Pletnev) op. 35 “Eroica” (Gilels)
  • 49 Variations WoO78-80 (Uchida, Mustonen) op. 76 (Cascioli) op. 120 “Diabelli” (Kovacevich)
  • 50 Variations op. 120 “Diabelli” (Brendel 2001), op. 35 “Eroica” (Curzon)
  • 51 Piano 4 Hands (Jussens, Lang Lang/Eschenbach, Demus/Shetler) Organ (Preston) Harp (Robles)

 

DUOS

  • 52 Violin Sonatas nos. 1-4 (Kremer/Argerich)
  • 53 Violin Sonatas nos. 5 & 6 (Perlman/Ashkenazy) 12 Variations WoO40; Rondo WoO41 (Menuhin/Kempff) 6 Dances WoO42 (Garrett/Canino)
  • 54 Violin Sonatas nos. 7 & 9 (Mutter/Orkis)
  • 55 Violin Sonatas nos. 8–10 (Dumay/Pires)
  • 56 12 Variations op. 66; Cello Sonatas nos. 1 & 2; 7 Variations WoO46 (Maisky/Argerich)
  • 57 Cello Sonatas nos. 3-5; 12 Variations WoO45 (Maisky/Argerich)
  • 58 Flute Duos (Gallois/Licad, Gallois/Rampal)
  • 59 Horn Sonata (Tuckwell/Ashkenazy) Mandolin Works (Fietz/Webersinke) String Duos (Hagen Quartettt) Cello Sonata (Casals/Horszowski)

 

TRIOS

  • 60 Piano Trios no. 9 (Kempff/Szeryng/Fournier) nos. 1 & 2 & Unv 9 (Beaux Arts Trio)
  • 61 Piano Trios nos. 3, 5 & 6 (Beaux Arts Trio)
  • 62 Piano Trios nos. 10, 11 & 8 (Kempff/Szeryng/Fournier) no. 7 (Previn/Mullova/Schiff)
  • 63 Piano Trios no. 4 & op. 38 (Beaux Arts Trio) no. 4 (Kempff/Leister/Fournier)
  • 64 Piano Trio WoO37 (Kontarsky/Zoeller/Thunemann) Wind Trios op. 87 & WoO28 (Holliger/Elhorst/Bourgue)
  • 65 String Trios nos. 1 & 2 (Mutter/Giuranna/Rostropovich)
  • 66 String Trios nos. 3-5 (Mutter/Giuranna/Rostropovich)
  • 67 Serenade op. 25 (Zoeller/Ueberschaer/Brandis) Hess 29; WoO9 & 15 (Hagen Quartett)

 

STRING QUARTETS

  • 68 String Quartets nos. 1-3 (Emerson String Quartet)
  • 69 String Quartets nos. 4-6 (Emerson String Quartet)
  • 70 String Quartets nos. 7 & 8 (“Rasumovsky” nos. 1 & 2) (Emerson String Quartet)
  • 71 String Quartets nos. 9 (“Rasumovsky” no. 3) & 10 (Emerson String Quartet)
  • 72 String Quartets nos. 11 & 13 (Takács Quartet)
  • 73 String Quartets nos. 12 & 14 (Takács Quartet)
  • 74 String Quartets nos. 15 & 16 (Takács Quartet)
  • 75 String Quartets nos. 12 & 15 (Hagen Quartett)
  • 76 String Quartets nos. 13 & 14 (Hagen Quartett)
  • 77 String Quartets nos. 16, Hess 32 & WoO209 (Hagen Quartett) Hess 34 (Amadeus Quartet) Hess 30 & 31 (Endellion String Quartet)

 

LARGE CHAMBER WORKS

  • 78 Piano Quartets WoO36 (Eschenbach/Amadeus Quartet) Equali WoO30 (Philip Jones Brass Ensemble)
  • 79 Quintets op. 29 (Amadeus Quartet) op. 16 (Lupu) Other Quintets
  • 80 String Quintets op. 4 (Endellion String Quartet) op. 104 (The Lindsays) Sextets op. 71 & WoO29 (BP Octet)
  • 81 Sextet op. 81b (Gewandhaus-Quartett) Septet op. 20 (Wiener Oktett) Octets op. 103 & WoO25 (Netherlands Wind Ensemble)

 

LIEDER & PARTSONGS

  • 82 Lieder I (Fischer-Dieskau/Demus)
  • 83 Lieder II (Fischer-Dieskau/Demus, Schreier/Stolte/Olbertz)
  • 84 Lieder III (Schreier/Stolte/Olbertz, Helzel/Horn/Maus/Person/Hilsdorf)
  • 85 Partsongs (Person/Maus/Lukas & others) Canons & Musical Jokes

 

FOLKSONG SETTINGS

  • 86 Folksongs op. 108 (Martineau & others)
  • 87 Folksongs WoO152 (Martineau & others)
  • 88 Folksongs WoO152 & 153 (Martineau & others)
  • 89 Folksongs WoO154 & 157 (Martineau & others)
  • 90 Folksongs WoO155 (Martineau & others)
  • 91 Folksongs WoO156, 158b & 158c (Martineau & others)
  • 92 Folksongs WoO158a (Martineau & others)

 

VOCAL WORKS WITH ORCHESTRA

  • 93 Ah! perfido (Studer/BPO/Abbado) op. 118, 121b & 122 (Haywood LSO/Tilson Thomas)

Other Works for Solo Voices with Orchestra

  • 94 Emperor Cantatas (Deutsche Oper/Thielemann)
  • 95 Der glorreiche Augenblick (Chung) Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt; Mass in C (ORR/Gardiner)
  • 96 Missa solemnis (ORR/Gardiner)
  • 97 Missa solemnis (BP/Karajan)
  • 98 Christus am Ölberge (WS/Klee)

 

RARITIES

  • 99 Solo Piano Works (Brautigam, Koch, Beck)
  • 100 Chamber Music (Ax/Stern/Ma/Laredo, Hope, Endellion String Quartet, Covington String Quartet)
  • 101 Contrapuntal Studies (Koch, Covington String Quartet) Doubtful Works (Gazzelloni/Canino, Koch, Buchbinder)

 

HISTORICAL & CLASSIC PERFORMANCES

  • 102 Symphony Movements (Nikisch, R. Strauss, Klemperer, Karajan, van Kempen) Leonore II Overture (Busch) Symphony no. 8 (Scherchen)
  • 103 Egmont, Leonore III, Coriolan Overtures; Symphony no. 5; Grosse Fuge (Furtwängler)
  • 104 Symphonies nos. 5 & 6 (RCO/E. Kleiber)
  • 105 Egmont Overture; Symphony no. 9 (BP/Fricsay)
  • 106 Piano Concerto no. 3 (Fischer/BS/Fricsay) Violin Concerto (Schneiderhan/BP/Jochum)
  • 107 Piano Sonatas no. 30 (Schnabel) nos. 8 & 31 (Kempff) no. 23 (Arrau)
  • 108 Piano Sonatas no. 18 (Haskil) no. 11 (Richter) no. 28 (Backhaus) no. 31 (Serkin)
  • 109 Piano Sonatas no. 15 (Gulda) no. 4 (Michelangeli) no. 32 (Pogorelich)
  • 110 Cello Sonatas no. 3 (Fournier/Kempff) no. 5 (Rostropovich/Richter) Piano Trio no. 7 (Gilels/Kogan/Rostropovich)
  • 111 String Quartets no. 13 (Busch Quartet) Grosse Fuge (Hollywood String Quartet) no. 16 (The Lindsays)
  • 112 String Quartets nos. 6 & 15 (Quartetto Italiano)
  • 113 An die ferne Geliebte (Schreier/Schiff) Various Songs (Bartoli/Schiff) Fidelio extracts (Various)

 

PERIOD INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCES

  • 114 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2; Rondo WoO6 (Levin/ORR/Gardiner)
  • 115 Piano Concerto no. 4 (Levin/ORR/Gardiner) Violin Concerto; Violin Romance no. 2 (Zehetmair/Brüggen)
  • 116 Piano Sonatas nos. 8, 14 & 17 (Lubin) Lieder (von Otter/Tan) Horn Sonata (Halstead/Levin)
  • 117 Piano Trio no. 5 (Staier/Sepec/Queyras) String Quartet no. 2 (Schuppanzigh-Quartett) Quintet op. 16 (Levin/AAM Chamber Ensemble)
  • 118 Chamber Versions of Symphony no. 2 & Piano Concerto no. 4 (Levin/ORR) Ah! perfido (Tilling/Gabrieli/McCreesh) Creatures of Prometheus Finale (Armonia Atenea/Petrou)

 

BLU-RAY AUDIO DISCS

  • 119 Blu-ray Audio: Symphonies nos. 1-9 (BP/Karajan)
  • 120 Blu-ray Audio: Piano Sonatas nos. 1-32 (Kempff)
  • 121 Blu-ray Audio: String Quartets nos. 1-16 (Amadeus Quartet)

 

DVDS

  • 122 DVD: Fidelio (Janowitz/Popp/VPO/Bernstein)
  • 123 DVD: Symphonies nos. 4 & 7 (Concertgebouw/Kleiber)