Beethoven - Symphony no.3; Mehul - Les Amazones Overture | Harmonia Mundi HMM902421

Beethoven - Symphony no.3; Mehul - Les Amazones Overture


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM902421

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 23rd April 2021



Continuing their exploration of Beethoven’s symphonies, François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles give us an opportunity to rediscover the ‘Eroica’ in all its modernity and power.

Thanks to the magic of period timbres, Beethoven’s intended instrumental balances and effects are restored in revelatory fashion.

The overture to Méhul’s opera Les Amazones, written eight years later, will be a discovery for many listeners.


François-Xavier Roth’s performance of Beethoven’s Eroica symphony with the period instruments of Les Siècles immediately startles the ear, a generously spread opening chord replacing the normally more abrupt call to order and signalling a fresh approach. What follows is clear textured, brisk, vividly coloured, yet still searching.  Stephen Pettitt
The Sunday Times 25 April 2021

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