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Beethoven: The Symphonies / Bruggen, Orchestra Of The Eighteenth Century

Beethoven / Orch Of The 18th Century / Bruggen
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 921116  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael TewsMarcel BeekmanWilke te BrummelstroeteRebecca Nash
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th CenturyLaurens CollegiumGulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It was some years after founding the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century in 1981 that Frans Brüggen first turned his attention to the music of Beethoven’s It was some years after founding the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century in 1981 that Frans Brüggen first turned his attention to the music of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies and endeavored to perceive that special orchestral landscape, in order to transform it into musical sound, with the use of period instruments, rediscovering the historical tonal colours. Now, his quest undimmed, Brüggen has submerged himself once more into the glories of Beethoven’s orchestral music for a new cycle being issued in a sumptuous new hybrid SACD box set by Glossa. Likewise undimmed is the Read more rapport he shares with his orchestra for one of classical music’s greatest challenges of realizing the intimate and the familiar in these symphonies, a challenge achieved here on record by way of concert performances. (Brüggen has long distanced himself from studio recordings).

As well as being a witness to Brüggen’s communing with the spirit of Beethoven, this Glossa edition comes with a series of powerful and elegant photographs of conductor and orchestra by Annelies van der Vegt (also one of the orchestra’s first violinists), taken during the tour which led up to the “Beethoven Experience” in the Rotterdam concert hall of de Doelen last year, where the symphonies were recorded. Joining orchestra and conductor, on the fifth and final disc, for the Ninth Symphony are soloists Rebecca Nash, Wilke te Brummelstroete, Marcel Beekman, Michael Tews and the choral forces of the Laurens Collegium and Cantorij from Rotterdam. -- Glossa Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2011 
Venue:  Live  de Doelen, Rotterdam 
Length: 32 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2011 
Venue:  Live  de Doelen, Rotterdam 
Length: 32 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2011 
Venue:  Live  de Doelen, Rotterdam 
Length: 49 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2011 
Venue:  de Doelen, Rotterdam 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2011 
Venue:  Live  de Doelen, Rotterdam 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2011 
Venue:  de Doelen, Rotterdam 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2011 
Venue:  de Doelen, Rotterdam 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century,  Laurens Collegium
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2011 
Venue:  de Doelen, Rotterdam 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Tews (Bass), Marcel Beekman (Tenor), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto),
Rebecca Nash (Soprano)
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon,  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2011 
Venue:  de Doelen, Rotterdam 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: II. Andante cantabile con moto
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: III. Menuetto - Allegro molto e vivace
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: IV. Adagio - Allegro molto
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: I. Adagio molto - Allegro molto
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: III. Scherzo
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: IV. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60: III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60: IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Must Listen even if you disagree January 26, 2013 By Rory R. (Winnipeg, MB) See All My Reviews "That one mainly agrees is good enough. Bruggen's passionate, scrupulous approach, a complete, almost philosophical re thinking of the symphonies, especially, I think the Eroica, the Fifth and the Seventh, lead the way in the current crop of Beethoven re-appraisals. Surprises abound in tempi, dynamic, and balance, and most of them feel right. One feels that he is dead on in the Eroica; there is a real sense of epic, a new approach to how the symphony might work in the 19th century, that Beethoven was creating. It is one of few readings(maybe Erich Kleiber, Abbado) where you feel the title he bestowed on the work makes perfect sense. The rest are mainly a joy, but, and it is unfortunate, that the Ninth is not a success. The idea of it being more chamber in feel and approach is a daring one, but here, for once, Bruggen is surprisingly dispassionate and can't sell this idea. The soloists in the final movement don't help(bass excepted). But the journey up to it is most rewarding with a churning, high flying Fifth, and a great, truly dancing seventh, and lovely, warm readings of the rest. The Orchestra is first class, as one would expect. The music is in their very breathing, one senses." Report Abuse
 More excellent Beethoven from Bruggen October 29, 2012 By H. Hurley (Round Rock, TX) See All My Reviews "I have played this set just once so this will be a first impression review. I have owned the older Bruggen set for a few years and find it a treasure. I was very anxious to get this new set and compare. I must admit I am a fan of this conductor - his recordings of the Haydn symphonies were the first ones I actually enjoyed and am now a Haydn convert. So, how does the new set compare? First, it seems more restrained but in a good way, the development of tension both within movements and throughout the pieces giving them a thoughtful aspect, which is characteristic of this composer, i.e. each symphony is handled in it own unique way. The sense of restraint is heightened I think because the sound stage is not as forward as on the earlier set which makes it more listenable in my opinion. In the older set the 'surprises' which the conductor can give, based on his very detailed historic study of the score, are a bit more obvious and perhaps a bit jarring at times but again I attribute this in part to the more forward sound stage. There are still plenty in the new set as well. One can get the feeling occasionally that the new set is not as energetic but this doesn't hold water, especially when you listen to the terrific 5th symphony rendition which is remarkable. The set is not slower either, at least in most cases as the timings indicate. The Chorale of the 9th brings an intimacy of voices that I have not heard in any previous recording, reminding the listener that these are live concert recordings. By the way there is no audience noise at all. So, in conclusion as I said at the beginning, this is a first impression and it is a very good one indeed. I'm very glad I have both Bruggen sets. Now I hope the next reviewer will give us a more detailed and expert opinion of each of the symphonies here." Report Abuse
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