[ Sony Classical / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 12 June 2020
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In celebration of Beethoven's 250th anniversary, revered composer Teodor Currentzis releases his stunning new album 'Ludwig Van Beethoven-Symphony No. 5'
This stunning album was recorded at the legendary Konzerthaus in Vienna under perfect studio conditions
Teodor Currentzis is today's 'hottest' conductor, making headlines wherever he per- forms, whether with his self-grounded orchestra MusicAeterna or with the recently formed German SWR Orchestra of which he is inaugural Chief conductor. His and MusicAeterna's eagerly awaited American debut in November 19 (Verdi' Requiem) had the media universally raving about their performance "Absorbing, insightful and... remarkably transparent (The New York Times); "A revelatory performance (The Wall Street Journal)"; "They were awesome (Financial Times)"
"It is one of those incendiary accounts that blows away the crust of familiarity to suggest anew the revolutionary force built into this master score. I won't suggest that this Fifth is the best; there are other ways of enriching Beethoven beyond Currentzis's cut-and-thrust approach. Yet I cannot recall, live or recorded, a previous orchestra beavering away at speed with such precise and thrusting articulation. It really is a wonder." The Times
"In this most celebrated of symphonies the players sound at times as though they might explode with excitement. Where appropriate, they generate a rapier-like thrust that sweeps aside conventional thinking. It's an exhilarating helter-skelter ride, which finds Currentzis (as if in full meditative flow) focusing on the music's emotional narrative with electrifying powers of single-minded concentration." BBC Music Orchestral recording of the Month July 2020
"If you want drama, fury and righteous rage in your Beethoven, then you have come to the right place. It's not often that I find a recording of a Beethoven symphony that has a great impact upon me, but Currentzis has done just that with his Fifth." MusicWeb recommended
Shortlisted - Orchestral Gramophone Awards