Beethoven - Symphonies 1-9 | Wiener Symphoniker WS018

Beethoven - Symphonies 1-9

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Label: Wiener Symphoniker

Cat No: WS018

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 5

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 8th November 2019

Contents

Artists

Anja Kampe (soprano)
Daniela Sindram (mezzo-soprano)
Burkhard Fritz (tenor)
Rene Pape (bass)
Wiener Singverein
Wiener Symphoniker

Conductor

Philippe Jordan

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Artists

Anja Kampe (soprano)
Daniela Sindram (mezzo-soprano)
Burkhard Fritz (tenor)
Rene Pape (bass)
Wiener Singverein
Wiener Symphoniker

Conductor

Philippe Jordan

About

For the first time in their history, the Wiener Symphoniker now release a complete Beethoven symphonies cycle on CD. The Wiener Symphoniker wrote music history with the first performances of works by Bruckner, Ravel and Schoenberg. And under the baton of such illustrious music directors as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini and Georges Prętre they acquired worldwide fame for their unique Viennese sound. Considering its rich, more than a century long history, it comes as a surprise that the orchestra has never before recorded a full cycle of the nine symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven, which are widely considered to constitute the apex of the symphonic repertoire.

This shortcoming is about to be remedied: in October 2019, the Wiener Symphoniker now release the full cycle on 5 CDs in a box just in time for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven in 2020. The symphonies were recorded live during a critically acclaimed concert cycle in Spring/Summer 2017 in the Great Hall of the Musikverein Wien. Beethoven’s nine symphonies – composed between 1800 and 1824 – are true cornerstones of the classical canon. Marking an irrefutable turning point in the history of music, they transformed audiences’ expectations of the symphony and influenced the genre’s future development through their experimental, dramatic and expressive weight. Conductors have long been drawn to the profundity of these works: a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies is viewed as one of the ultimate challenges in the repertoire.

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