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Notes and Editorial Reviews
David Zinman’s complete Beethoven symphony cycle has garnered rave reviews worldwide. This is the world-premiere modern-instrument recording of the New Barenreiter Edition by Jonathan Del Mar. This single disc of the first two symphonies completes Allegro’s release of the series in North America. The Zinman recordings of the Beethoven symphonies won the German Record Critics’ prize in 1999. Ever since 1999, when the Tonhalle Orchestra was awarded the German Record Critics’ Award for its seminal recording of all Beethoven’s symphonies, the oldest symphony orchestra in Switzerland has been the focus of international interest. David Zinman has been Chief Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands, the Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and now the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich. Under the leadership of David Zinman, the Tonhalle Orchestra has undertaken a number of successful concert tours throughout Europe, the U.S. and Japan. In addition to its concerts at home and its touring schedule, the orchestra and Zinman are devoting increasing time to recording projects.
"Zinman’s Beethoven...is swift, lean, exhilarating and transparent. The Tonhalle copes bravely, often with exceptional skill, and the recordings easily compare with their best full-price rivals.” — The Gramophone Good CD Guide
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Good Performance; Sub-Par Notes. September 1, 2012
By Richard Buckley (Oakmont, PA) See All My Reviews
"My beef with this disc is not the quality of the performance. As usual, David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra present an overwhelming performance of the two Beethoven masterpieces. I bought the CD because I wanted to hear for myself the difference in the alleged Nutext editions of the works. Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 were the two works with which I was most unfamiliar, and I thought that would be a good place to begin. To my amateur but sensitive ear, there were very few differences between these versions and the versions with which I was vaguely familiar. I went to the liner notes hoping to be enlightened. What I found there was a long-winded self-justification of why Mr Del Mar thought himself qualified to edit and "fix" Beethoven's masterpieces! I usually look forward to reading the liner notes and enjoying some illuminating facts about the music or the performance of which I was unaware. That was not the case here. Instead, I was greeted by a moronic spiel by a supposed critic who obviously feels he is qualified to improve on Beethoven's work. Please spare me. As I said, Zinman and the Tonhalle do a first rate presentation with the music. All of Maestro Zinman's work that I have sampled is wonderful. If you enjoy the music of Beethoven and the work of Zinman and the Tonhalle, then buy this disc. But trash the liner notes!"