Editors’ Notes An orchestra that has Beethoven’s symphonies coursing through its collective veins signals a powerful start to the composer’s anniversary festivities—in the company of the most exciting of the younger generation of conductors. Andris Nelsons has a strong vision of these nine extraordinary works, rooted in the same tradition as the great Viennese orchestra. The highlights are a rich and dramatic Fourth, a punchy Fifth, a delightful “Pastoral,” a bouncy Eighth, and a suitably climactic “Choral” with a nicely matched quartet of soloists. A strong statement for Beethoven Year.

Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
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Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
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Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60
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Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
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Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
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Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
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Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
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Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
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