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Beethoven: The Symphonies

Beethoven: The Symphonies

and reflections


Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)






Beethovens Heiligenstädter Testament



Widmann, J:

Con brio

“This is an exceptional realisation of Beethoven's nine symphonies, one of those rare occasions when one is left with a feeling of having been in the presence of the thing itself. The key to the cycle's success is the quality of the musicianship...the dramatic and expressive elements are derived from within” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“Jansons approach which takes into consideration the historically informed approach of the last 30 years, but is still aware of what performances were like in the great German tradition...If you want vigorous conducting, immaculate but lean playing, and unfailingly sprightly tempos in the Beethoven, this set is for you.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ***

“This set would be eminently recommendable if only for the nine Beethoven symphonies, performed with muscularity and flair.” New York Times, December 2013

GGramophone Awards 2014

Shortlisted - Orchestral

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - December 2013

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Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven & Shchedrin

Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven & Shchedrin


Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'


Beethovens Heiligenstädter Testament

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has already performed Beethoven symphony cycles on several occasions. Mariss Jansons has now extended the cycle concept in two respects: with works specially commissioned from contemporary composers, who have contributed their own musical reflections on Beethoven symphonies, and by presenting these outstanding concert events on the record market as a series of live recordings. Following the excellent response from critics and audiences for the award-winning Complete Edition (BR-KLASSIK, 900119), BR-KLASSIK now presents the symphonies on individual CDs. The first of these is the Symphony No 3 in E Flat, op 55, in a live recording made in 2012 in Munich's Herkulessaal, accompanied by a work of the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin (born 1932). For his symphonic fragment "Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament," Schedrin has selected the devastating document – written around the same time as the Eroica – in which the composer described the progressive deafness that almost drove him to suicide.

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