Ludwig van Beethoven

Complete Symphonies & overtures

Beethoven – Symphonies
CD of the Week on Classic FM – the Simon Bates page – April 24th 2008 [CD of the Week on Classic FM :his new boxed set is proof that the Old Radical’s music can be interpreted in fresh, vibrant ways, and make you think again about old favourites which you thought you knew so well->] “Fine recordings, thoughtful notes.if you wanted just one period instrument set of the Beethoven Symphonies on your shelves, this is a persuasive package.” BBC Radio 3’s CD Review from Saturday. Andrew McGregor – Saturday April 26th All Music Guide. 5/5 “Who would have believed Belgian fortepianist and conductor Jos van Immerseel had it in him to turn in an exciting set of Beethoven’s symphonies and overtures, especially with a a period instrument chamber orchestra? But these are indeed very exciting recordings. Listen to the hunting horns in the Third’s Trio or the charging trumpets in the Seventh’s closing Allegro con brio. Listen to Immerseel mold the phrasing in the Second’s Larghetto or coda of the Third’s Marcia funebre — it’s genuinely thrilling. In these performances, one gets a real sense of the warmth, humor, and compassion that mark the best Beethoven recordings. The recorded sound is immediate and translucent.” – All Music Guide (***** performance/***** sound) “Indeed, from the first bristling chords, Anima Eterna’s playing held me on the edge of my seat. Immerseel’s brook is no ordinary stream but one that flows through a secluded oasis so hushed, cool and shady that one longs never to leave. And that’s as good reason as any for me to recommend this superbly recorded and handsomely packaged set – even if it’s just so you can visit that rejuvenating sanctuary whenever you like. I know I’ll be back there often.” Andrew Farach-Colton – Editor’s choice – Gramophone June 2008 Beethoven Symphonies 1-9, Anima Eterna / van Immerseel. (Zig Zag ZZT080402.6 – 6CDs) pounds 28.99 The Flemish musician Jos van Immerseel leads his Belgian period- instrument ensemble, Anima Eterna, in this richly rewarding cycle of Beethoven symphonies. His progress from the Baroque via the classical to the early Romantic eras is evident in these elegant performances, which are more for the historical purist than the full-on romanticist. The tempi are measured, the playing delicate, painting a portrait more of Beethoven the master craftsman than the fiery visionary. Anthony Holden -Sunday April 20, 2008 – The Observer Daily Mail June 2008 UK. Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies (Zig Zag Territoires ZZT080402.6, six CDs) HERE is a superb new set of the most famous symphonies in our musical culture, brilliantly played on period instruments. Jos van Immerseel and his highly skilled Flanders-based orchestra Anima Eterna play at modern pitch (A=440), which they have established was done in Beethoven¹s Vienna. As the composer had to make do with motley collections of amateurs and professionals ­ and couldn¹t hear a thing after about 1817 ­ this is better than anything he experienced. Van Immerseel¹s interpretations are exciting but always musical. He does not superimpose strange ideas, as Norrington and others have done. He gives us the unvarnished music. In the Ninth Symphony he has excellent soloists and a fine choir. Five overtures, included as fillers, are also superbly done. The recordings are state-of-the-art throughout the set. Beethoven, der Terrorist : Man muss ihn nur hart genug rannehmen. Jos van Immerseel beweist mit seiner schroffen Aufnahme von Beethovens neun Symphonien, dass diese noch immer die grösste Baustelle der klassischen Musik bilden – und radikale Neuentdeckungen erlauben. … Dass man Immerseel trotzdem mit solcher Lust folgt, spricht nicht zuletzt dafür, dass Beethoven offenbar jeden Härtetest locker übersteht – wenn man ihn nur hart genug rannimmt. Prophetische Musik nennt denn auch Jos van Immerseel diese Symphonien. Er hat ganz Recht damit. April 30th 2008 -Siegel Online von Kai Luehrs-Kaiser