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The release of the complete Beethoven Symphonies under the banner of Beethoven for All will launch a unique recording and performance project for 2012 in which, in his 70th year, the tireless Daniel Barenboim will also release the complete Piano Concertos and Piano Sonatas.
“I think the Beethoven symphonies with the Divan orchestra is different in the sense that there is a terrific amount of energy because of the youth of the people – but there is just as much rigour. The combination of rigour with youthful energy is very strong” (Daniel Barenboim, speaking in the TV documentary on this project).
The Symphonies were recorded in August 2011 in Cologne, the glorious instalment of a worldwide tour that began in August 2010 at the legendary Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and will cover four continents by 2012. The orchestra’s 2012 engagements include a European tour culminating in the performance of all Nine Symphonies at the BBC Proms.
This major international project will be supported by a new TV documentary, TV spots, EPKs, a project website, and special online tools to help you make Daniel Barenboim’s Beethoven for All 2012 a global event.
Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21
1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
2. Andante cantabile con moto
3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica"
1. Allegro con brio
2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
4. Finale (Allegro molto)
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36
1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Allegro molto
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60
1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
3. Allegro vivace
4. Allegro ma non troppo
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67
1. Allegro Con Brio
2. Andante Con Moto
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral"
1. Erwachen Heiterer Empfindungen Bei Der Ankunft Auf Dem Lande: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
2. Szene Am Bach: (Andante Molto Mosso)
3. Lustiges Zusammensein Der Landleute (Allegro)
4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
5. Hirtengesang. Frohe Und Dankbare Gefühle Nach Dem Sturm: Allegretto
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92
1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
3. Presto - Assai meno presto
4. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93
1. Allegro vivace e con brio
2. Allegretto scherzando
3. Tempo di menuetto
4. Allegro vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral"
1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco Maestoso
2. Molto Vivace
3. Adagio Molto E Cantabile
4. Finale (Presto - Allegro Assai)
“These are the most old-fashioned performances of the works that I have listened to in a very long time...Barenboim has fallen under the spell of Furtwangler: several of these performances are virtually carbon copies of Barenboim's great predecessor...In short, despite serious shortcomings' this is a worthwhile and often moving set.”
“he appears to conceive of a Beethovenian performing style derived backwards from the Ninth and, more than that, from Wagner's idea of the Ninth. What distinguishes Barenboim's set...is the courage of its iconoclastic convictions...Barenboim will challenge, perplex or irritate you at every turn.”
The Arts Desk
28th July 2012
“Hearing such a refreshingly old-fashioned, heavyweight approach to Beethoven still feels like a guilty pleasure. Tempi tend to be broad yet flexible, and the odd-numbered symphonies are the ones which emerge most happily.”
6th July 2012
“The lean, tight, firecracker approach to Beethoven, currently fashionable, is not Barenboim’s way. An old romantic at heart, he refuses to give crisp definition even to the motto rhythms launching No 5...Once Beethoven’s kaleidoscope turns gently lyrical, conductor and musicians are more persuasive. The lighter the symphony in gesture and texture, the better the performances become.”
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