Recorded in October 2015, Philharmonie Berlin
1 Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc
2 Concert Video Blu-ray Discs
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· Documentary: “Living with Beethoven” (45 min.)
· Sir Simon Rattle talks about Beethoven’s symphonies (49 min.)
It is always a milestone in the artistic work of the Berliner Philharmoniker when, together with their chief conductor, they play the complete symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. Under the direction of chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, the cycle was performed at the end of 2015 – in Berlin, Paris, Vienna and New York. The reaction was overwhelming, and audiences responded with standing ovations to performances which impressively revealed the virtuosity and revolutionary energy of the works. The recording of the Berlin performances is now available in an exclusive hardcover edition which includes the cycle on CD as well as in HD video and high-resolution audio on Blu-ray. This beautifully produced edition includes many extras including a video introduction with Sir Simon Rattle and a documentary about the making of the recordings.
“Rattle ensures that there is no sense of creaking under the weight of history, bringing his own interpretative insights to every single one of these pieces. Tempos occasionally tend towards the fast side...Not everything is fast just for the sake of it, though, and Rattle allows space where the music needs it...I lost count of the number of times I was staggered by the transparency and balance achieved. I could hear absolutely everything in the score.” Presto Classical