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Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Beethoven

SKU: 39719

Year of release: 2019

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C Major Opus 21 28:07
1. I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio Beethoven 09:15
2. II. Andante cantabile con moto Beethoven 08:39
3. III. Menuetto - Allegro molto e vivace Beethoven 04:08
4. IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace Beethoven 06:04
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor Opus 67 33:39
5. I. Allegro con brio Beethoven 07:21
6. II. Andante con moto Beethoven 10:13
7. III. Scherzo - Allegro Beethoven 05:08
8. IV. Allegro - Presto Beethoven 10:54
Total time: 61:47

About this album

This album represents the important journey from the classical to the romantic view of a symphony. The first symphony of Beethoven (although full of his innovative sharp accents and unusual harmonies) follows Haydn’s favorite structure: it takes us from a slow introduction and an energetic opening movement to a humorous finale.
With the fifth symphony Beethoven has created a new art form. He takes us from hell to paradise, from tragedy to jubilation. The mature Beethoven is a revolutionary agitator, who wants to change the world and introduce us to an all-embracing euphoria. I have had many concerts of this work in which the doors opened at the transition to the 4th movement and the Budapest Festival Orchestra was joined on stage by local musicians, music students, turning the last movement into a giant flash mob. The romantic symphony, of which the 5th is the first and the greatest masterpiece, is a future vision of happiness, fraternity and complete freedom. We need this message today, more than ever.

Iván Fischer, conductor

Beethoven’s First Symphony, though rooted in his classical examples Haydn and Mozart, was nothing less than a turning point in the symphonic tradition and can be seen as a fitting farewell to the eighteenth century, as an exploration of new horizons, and as an energetic statement conceived so as to surpass his esteemed predecessors. (…) The Fifth Symphony is the ultimate proof of Beethoven’s immortality. For who does not know the world-famous theme? Short-short-short-long. According to his friend and first biographer Anton Schindler, these first bars signify fate knocking at the door. He records that the composer told him: ‘I will grasp fate by the throat’.

from: liner notes by Clemens Romijn

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Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingMerging Technologies Pyramix
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording FormatDSD 64
Analog To Digital ConverterHorus, Merging Technologies
Recording DateFebruary 2017
Recording LocationPalace of Arts, Budapest
Recording EngineerJared Sacks, Assistant Recording Engineers: Daan van Aalst, Ausma Lace
ProductionJared Sacks