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    Hi,

    I am not a musician, just a corious listener and, this week, I started with Classical Music. I keep asking myself why did i wait so long?
    I started with Beethoven and I'd Like a suggestion:

    Somebody told me of two 9-Symphonies "versions": Hogwood and Gardiner. Could anyone help me which I choose?

    Thanx in advance

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    I would say neither.

    Of the older school performances, Krips and von Karajan and Böhm are good choices.

    Of the newer ones, I would think Abbado or Zinman or Masur would be preferable to Gardiner or Hogwood.

    But that's just me. Indeed, you'll probably get as many suggestions as there are recordings of this piece. I'll just add that I bought the Gardiner set of all nine symphonies by Beethoven, because I'd liked what I'd heard from Gardiner up to that point. I listened to them all once or twice. Then I didn't listen to them at all for several years. Then I listened to number eight a couple of months ago, and realized why I'd not listened to them much since I'd bought them. Because they're not very good. Superficially exciting and fresh sounding, but not something to return to again and again.

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    Hello rdabra
    welcome to this most knowegebile and friendly forum

    regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdabra View Post
    Hi,

    I am not a musician, just a corious listener and, this week, I started with Classical Music. I keep asking myself why did i wait so long?
    I started with Beethoven and I'd Like a suggestion:

    Somebody told me of two 9-Symphonies "versions": Hogwood and Gardiner. Could anyone help me which I choose?

    Thanx in advance
    You can't go wrong with Beethoven, try the Gardiner, and give Beethoven's String Quartets a listen later on when your ear gets tuned. I have just listened to the Abbado with the Berlin S O, not bad but his 2nd cycle is
    considered better than the first

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    Welcome, rdabra. I'm glad that you are enjoying classical music. It's hugely underrated these days.
    One thing to try is to check at a library to see if they have any recordings of Beethoven's symphonies, so you can listen and decide which you like before buying.

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    Welcome aboard rdabra,

    You've arrived to a wonderful place with supergreat people - Please do fel at home among friends.

    Cheers,

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    Hello rdabra

    Welcome to the forum, glad you could join us.

    You have come to a good place for leaning about music.


    Margaret

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    thanx

    Guys,

    Thank you all for the welcome. I'm sure I'll learn a lot in this forum.

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    Welcome somali music

    Trust you will make as many friends as I have

    teddy

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    Made many friends here teddy?

    Who likes Steve Reich here?

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    Yes Catrina, some of them I communicate with privately. There is a wealth of knoweldge, experience and not to mention humour on this site.

    teddy

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