Beethoven - Symphonies Nos 4 & 5
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Cat No: 88875136452
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 5th February 2016
ArtistsConcentus Musicus Wien
A pioneer of the early music movement, he founded the period-instrument ensemble Concentus Musicus Wien in 1953 with his wife, Alice Hoffelner. After 60 years of conducting this ensemble, and a life-long study of the last three Mozart Symphonies, he now felt the time is right to make his last statement and record these works. Harnoncourt always wanted to record these works on historical instruments. For him it is the only way to demonstrate Beethovenís radicalism in sound. After sixty years of playing and conducting Beethoven's music, this release is Harnoncourtís definitive view on Beethovenís symphonies.
In the booklet note Harnoncourt declares that Beethovenís Symphony No.5 has been completely misunderstood. It has nothing to do with destiny, but tells the story of ďthe revolt of the massesĒ. He understands this Symphony as Beethovenís greatest political statement.
The album is a live-recording from two sold-out concerts at the Vienna Musikverein considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, due to its highly regarded acoustics.
The Fourth Symphony is as good a new version as Iíve heard in a long time. The first movementís progress from darkness to sudden illumination is gripping, the slow movement is full of magic, drama and pathos, the Scherzo and finale overflow with vitality and wit. Itís the kind of performance that brings back the sense of discovery and surprise to a slightly over-familiar score. Stephen Johnson
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