The new Beethoven cycle with Herbert Blomstedt
In celebration of Herbert Blomstedt’s 90th Birthday in July 2017, Accentus Music releases a new Beethoven cycle that captures the spirit of the long-standing partnership between the legendary conductor laureate and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. All nine symphonies, released in a box set containing five CDs, are live recordings made at the Leipzig Gewandhaus between May 2014 and March 2017.
Blomstedt’s interpretations of Beethoven are based on a highly responsible handling of the scores and this conductor’s deep love of the truth, in which everything that is superimposed and overtly effective is fundamentally removed. At the same time however, the performances embrace the ethical conscience of the artist with his deep, almost seismographic musical sensibility and a high expressivity.
A 5 CD box set by Accentus Music
Released in June 2017
“Rarely have Beethoven’s symphonies sounded so stringent, so powerfully fluid, and so filled with tension. […] An exemplary cycle of recordings.” Attila Csampai, Crescendo
“A performance marked by innovative depth becomes a festival for the ears.” Neue Musikzeitung
“Herbert Blomstedt’s Beethoven testament is overall coherent, natural and immensely rhetoric. The music flows continuously with a vivid pulsation and is always admirably transparent. The rapid movements are fresh, with splendid rhythmic bounce, while the slow movements have warmth and are strikingly beautiful. The orchestral playing is of high quality, and the recorded sound is very good.” Pizzicato