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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3


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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 or Georges Prêtre 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: Starting in autumn 2017, the Wiener Symphoniker will release the full cycle on 5 albumss. With a new album of the series to be released every 6 months, the full cycle will be completed 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. At these concerts, the international press specifically praised Jordan’s approach to combining a traditional Viennese sound with a more contemporary, slimmed down interpretation of the material, original tempi and insights from the historically informed performance practice. Through a close reading of the score and by focusing on the content of the works, Jordan aimed to create – in his words – a “more natural, direct, humanised“ image of the famous composer.
Facts
Item number WS013
Barcode 4260313960132
Release date 10/20/2017
Category Orchestral
Label WIENER SYMPHONIKER
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Jordan, Philippe
Orchestra Wiener Symphoniker
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 2100:25:00
1 Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: I. Adagio molto 00:08:45 Jordan, Philippe Wiener Symphoniker
2 Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: II. Andante can 00:06:57 Jordan, Philippe Wiener Symphoniker
3 Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: III. Menuetto. 00:04:05 Jordan, Philippe Wiener Symphoniker
4 Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: IV. Finale. Ada 00:05:27 Jordan, Philippe Wiener Symphoniker
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica"00:45:00
5 Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": I 00:16:39 Jordan, Philippe Wiener Symphoniker
6 Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": I 00:12:58 Jordan, Philippe Wiener Symphoniker
7 Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": I 00:05:46 Jordan, Philippe Wiener Symphoniker
8 Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica": I 00:11:23 Jordan, Philippe Wiener Symphoniker
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