Beethoven - Symphony no.3, Coriolan Overture | Alia Vox AVSA9916

Beethoven - Symphony no.3, Coriolan Overture

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Label: Alia Vox

Cat No: AVSA9916

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 18th March 2016

Contents

Artists

Le Concert des Nations

Conductor

Jordi Savall

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Coriolan Overture, op.62
Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'

Artists

Le Concert des Nations

Conductor

Jordi Savall

About

This is music to shock, arouse and thrill — the only thing it won’t do is leave you unmoved. Sitting like a gate-keeper to the new century, a century that saw more change than any before it, Beethoven’s 'Eroica' (1803-5) changed the history of music. Take note, it seems to say: Man has the power to challenge Fate and sometimes even win (the French Revolution was still echoing in the mind).

In 1994 Jordi Savall conducted Beethoven's 'Eroica' symphony with Le Concert des Nations (a group he founded in 1989 for Baroque music), winning praise for this well-researched and groundbreaking interpretation.

"Unusual repertoire for Savall perhaps but he delivers a performance full of thrilling perceptions and some amazing sounds. Definitely one to sample."
- Gramophone (anniversary survey on Beethoven's 'Eroica')

"Jordi Savall captures the work’s potent energy to perfection, the whiff of gunpowder hanging in the air."
- James Jolly, Gramophone

The acclaimed Astrée recording, January 1994 in Cardona Castle, Catalunya. Released in 1997 by Auvidis as Fontalis ES8557.

Reviews

Jordi Savall steps outside his usual repertoire with these two Beethoven performances. The result is very good indeed. Even the short Coriolan Overture comes over as a mysterious tone-poem which is far from a lightweight filler. Two things strike one immediately, the tempi and the penetrating sound of period instruments. ... Savall's timpani are, if I may be excused the term, particularly striking. It is obvious that hard sticks are used but it is not merely the loud notes but also the clarity of the soft ones that add rhythmic drive to the gentlest passages. The brass are encouraged to penetrate the textures when required making for some dramatic climaxes. Savall's own notes refer to the passionate involvement of Le Concert des Nations in these readings. It must not be imagined that these are merely speedy and exciting, they are deeply felt and sound, as he intends, like a real attempt to step into the shoes of the contemporary performers of Beethoven's day. For me it is a triumph and I cannot praise this too strongly.  Dave Billinge (Recording of the Month)
MusicWeb International May 2016

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