Bruno Weil conducts Mendelssohn & Beethoven

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Bruno Weil conducts Mendelssohn & Beethoven



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1st Oct 2012




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Bruno Weil conducts Mendelssohn & Beethoven

Recording Date: May 2012 at Koerner Hall, Toronto


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


Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'



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Tafelmusik presents Beethoven’s landmark Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, “Eroica” – a heroic and monumental symphony originally dedicated to Napoleon, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major, “Italian”.

Tafelmusik began its cycle of Beethoven symphony recordings under the direction of Maestro Weil on the Sony Classical and Analekta labels. Released recordings include the JUNO Award-winning Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 CD, and the JUNO Award-nominated Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 CD and DVD. During Tafelmusik’s 19 year tenure as orchestra-in-residence at the Klang und Raum Festival in Irsee, Germany, Maestro Weil also directed the orchestra in internationally acclaimed performances of Beethoven symphony cycle.

Gramophone Magazine (U.K.) declared about Tafelmusik’s recent Beethoven recording: “After these ultra-fresh experiences, can we ever hear modern-instrument performances without feeling that something is missing? Possibly, but Weil and his players convince us that Beethoven can sound as radical in the 21st century as he must have done in the 19th.” Maestro Weil says, “We approach these Beethoven concerts as if they were the very first performance, as though the music had been composed yesterday. This is the real thing — there’s no sense of routine with Tafelmusik musicians and everybody’s giving their all for this music, playing with a full heart and a full soul and spirit. That is the secret to a great performance.”

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, MWV N16, "Italian"

I. Allegro vivace

II. Andante con moto

III. Con moto moderato

IV. Saltarello: Presto

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

I. Allegro con brio

II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai

III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace

IV. Finale: Allegro molto

MusicWeb International

January 2013

“All in all this is a powerful and thought-provoking performance. No serious collector of Beethoven will be satisfied with one, or even a dozen, performances of this work on disc, but this is one which is worth adding to any collection, however large.”

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