Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies – SEL and Christoph König release 5 CD Box
With many of the Beethoven 250 anniversary events sadly cancelled, the great man’s genius can still be celebrated thanks to the many new recordings of his works appearing during 2020. A new cycle of the symphonies is a big event for any orchestra, and the superb Solistes Europeèn Luxembourg and their chief conductor Christoph König have over the past few years been recording all these ground breaking masterpieces. The 9th was recorded in the summer of 2019, and the 2nd and 10th were recorded in 2020 just before the Coronavirus pandemic struck. As you would expect from this orchestra and conductor, these are individualistic and searching interpretations – anyone who has heard their recording of the ‘Eroica’(RCD1020 ‘powerful and rich in detail’ Sunday Times) will know what to expect. For this complete cycle there is a new recording of the ‘Eroica’ so expect more surprises! The 10th Symphony 1st movement in Dr.Barry Cooper’s realisation from the composer’s extensive sketches and Carl Czerny’s recollections of Beethoven playing through passages on the piano.