Notes and Editorial Reviews
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 per- fect studio conditions.
Teodor Currentzis is today’s ‘hottest’ conductor, making headlines wherever he performs, 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)”
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 Magazine