Beethoven - Symphonies 1 & 5 | Channel Classics CCSSA39719

Beethoven - Symphonies 1 & 5

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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCSSA39719

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 15th November 2019

Contents

Artists

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Conductor

Ivan Fischer

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.1 in C major, op.21
Symphony no.5 in C minor, op.67

Artists

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Conductor

Ivan Fischer

About

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'.

When IvŠn Fischer founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra more than 30 years ago he made a personal dream become true. Core of the philosophy of the orchestra is the total absence of daily routine. It is about taking the risk, the initiative and freedom to do things differently. Every concert is therefore a joyful discovery of uncharted territory, a journey to new horizons in music. It feels unexpected and surprising as if it was played for the very first time. The Festival Orchestra is driven by an openness towards the new and the unknown, by curiosity and attention to details. It is the innovative approach to music, the musicianís dedication and their permanent strive for excellence that made Budapest Festival Orchestra the youngest of the top 10 ranked ensembles in the world.

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