Various Artists

Big Beethoven Box

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The Bach Guild's big box of music by Ludwig van Beethoven brings together historic recordings on the Vanguard label of his major works. Included are legendary performances by pianist Bruce Hungerford of the piano sonatas, the cello sonatas played by cellist Antonio Janigro and pianist Jörg Demus, incidental music from Egmont and the Creatures of Prometheus performed by Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the nine symphonies and various overtures performed by Adrian Boult and the Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra of London, the late string quartets played by the Yale String Quartet, and various piano pieces played by Denis Matthews and Jörg Demus. This collection offers more than 15 hours of Beethoven's boldest and most inspirational works, and collectors will want this set for the rare Hungerford performances, recorded in the 1970s.