Beethoven, L. Van - Symphonies No.4 & 5 (2013)
Concentus Musicus Wien
The conductor’s ultimate view on Beethoven’s Symphonies with Concentus Musicus.
For the first time Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Beethoven’s symphonies 4 and 5 with Concentus Musicus Vienna, which he founded in 1953 and now is the longest existing period instrument ensemble. The album is a live-recording from two sold-out concerts at the Musikverein Vienna.
Although Harnoncourt’s Beethoven cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (recorded beginning of the 90ies) was a historic milestone in the history of interpretation, Harnoncourt always wanted to record these works on historics instruments. For him it is the only way to demonstrate Beethoven’s radicalism in sound.
After sixty years of playing and conducting Beethoven’s music, this release is Harnoncourt’s ultimate view on Beethoven‘s symphonies.
In the booklet note Harnoncourt declares, that Beethoven’s Symphony No.5
has been completely misunderstood. It has nothing to do with destiny, but
tells the story of “the revolt of the masses”. He understands this symphony as
Beethoven’s greatest political statement.
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