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Beethoven: The Symphonies

Beethoven: The Symphonies

and reflections


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Kancheli:

Dixi

Šerkšnytė:

Fires

Shchedrin:

Beethovens Heiligenstädter Testament

Staud:

Manai

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 adopts...an 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 Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Live recording, Tokio, Suntory Hall 30.11.2012

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Live recording, Tokio, Suntory Hall 01.12.2012

Widmann, J:

Con brio

Live recording, Munich, Herkulessaal 25./26.09.2008


The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has already performed several Beethoven symphony cycles. Chief conductor Mariss Jansons has now extended the cycle concept in several regards, with performances of the works in Tokyo's Suntory Hall with its excellent acoustics, with specially assigned commissions from contemporary composers who were asked to contribute their own musical reflections on Beethoven's symphonies, and also with the publication of live recordings of these outstanding concert events on the music market. The live recordings of Symphonies Nos 7 and 8 were made in 2012 in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, with its spectacularly good acoustics, and were exceptionally well received by the public and the trade press. The Music Pen Club of Japan praised Mariss Jansons shortly after the tour for his "new, modern and transparent-sounding Beethoven." The Seventh and Eighth Symphonies are complemented by the work "Con Brio," a modern contribution by Jörg Widmann (born 1973), one of the most important representatives of a younger generation of composers.

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