Vienna Philharmonic: Beethoven Cycle I Andris Nelsons Jens Gerber

Vienna Philharmonic: Beethoven Cycle I

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Conductor: Andris Nelsons

The year 2020 marks the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. The major music establishments are already in the midst of working on and planning musical celebrations worthy of this important anniversary.

Doubtless one of the flagship projects of this jubilee year will be the Philharmonie's contribution. Here, the audience is invited to a musical banquet of the very finest: On four evenings, Andris Nelsons and the Vienna Philharmonic will present all nine of Beethoven's symphonies.

Nelsons, conductor of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and musical director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, knows from his own experience what he is letting himself in for with a Beethoven marathon of this order: Already in 2014, he performed all nine of the composer's symphonies at the Beethovenfest festival in Bonn, the city of Beethoven's birth, earning roaring applause, as reported following the finale with the world-spanning Symphony No 9: »Nelson evidently seems to regard music as sounds; most of his gestures do not aim at the phrasing of a melody or a harmonic sequence, but rather at the colour and mix of the orchestral sound« (Hannoversche Allgemeine). Thus are the admiring words of the trade press on Nelson's ability to bring the fabulous, almost inexhaustible potential of the Vienna Philharmonic to the fore.

It is this ability that enables him to immerse himself deeply in the musical events while at the same time keeping an eye on the bigger picture. This can only be of advantage in a series of opuses that brought the art of symphonic composition to its peak while also marking its temporary end. Both of these factors led the Vienna Philharmonic to select Andris Nelsons as conductor for the recording and performance around the year 2020 of Beethoven's symphonies – the cycle that was almost entirely written in Vienna and is so closely intertwined with the identity of this historically important orchestra.

(MünchenMusik GmbH & Co. KG)

  • Composer: Ludwig van BeethovenOpuses: Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21, Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36, Symphony No 3 in E-flat major, Op 55 »Eroica«