"This deaf man heard the infinite": Beethoven seen by writers
For the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, Deutsche Grammophon/Universal is releasing a “BTHVN 2020” box set with 118 CDs, a few DVDs and two or three Blue Rays by Karajan conducting the Symphonies.In short: a prodigious whole at the height of the work and composer that the firm intends to honor."There are geniuses in music who precede time", wrote in Vienna, in the "Transfigured Night" which followed the premiere of the Fifth Symphony by the Master, Amédée Wendt, a criticism, whose phrase spans the centuries.
In the brochure of a previous box set , Anner Blysma wondered: "What conductor can ever give shape to the beginning of the '' Pastorale '', what cellist will know how to do justice to the Sonata in C major or in the most intimate of all themes, in its second movement? And this sunrise, the humble question and the reciprocal and loving pursuit of the opening bars of the Sonata in F major? Who can do it? "
The particularity of the sum "BTHVN 2020" is that it is not satisfied with a single performer of the most masterful works and known throughout the world.We go here up to three recordings, especially for the Symphonies and some others.The "Diabelli Variations op.120", are presented here under the fingers of Alfred Brendel, Stephen Kovacevich, Mitsuko Uchida.As for the Symphonies, they occupy 15 CDs and a whole series is devoted to John Eliot Gardiner and his Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra with period instruments, while the “Vienna cycle” is represented by the fantastic Leonard Bernstein (1st, 2nd and 9th), or by Carlos Kleiber (Symphonies No.5 and 7) - while that the latter's father, Erich Kleiber in one of the CDs of the last series of the “Performances” box set, conducts the 5th and 6th Symphonies.Karl Böhm has been chosen for the 6th, and Hans-Schmidt Isserstedt for the 3rd and 4th.The young chef Andris Nelsons and Pierre Monteux us give two differently dazzling interpretations of the 3rd Symphony.
Posted Date: 2020-12-03