Beethoven - Grand Symphonies (arr. Hummel) Vol.1: Symphonies 1 & 3 | Naxos 8574039

Beethoven - Grand Symphonies (arr. Hummel) Vol.1: Symphonies 1 & 3

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574039

Barcode: 0747313403974

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 22nd November 2019



Beethoven and Hummel’s relationship was one of fractious beginnings, but ultimately true friendship. Between 1825 and 1835 Hummel arranged his contemporary’s Symphonies nos. 1–7 and Septet, op.20, for his favoured combination of pianoforte, flute, violin and violoncello. Beethoven would surely not have objected – arrangements were, after all, a perfectly normal part of the 19th-century musical landscape. To audiences today his symphonies need little introduction but, thanks to the musical sensitivity and sheer brilliance of Hummel’s arrangements, it is possible to experience the thrill of hearing these extraordinary pieces afresh.

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