Beethoven's first two contributions to the symphonic genre reveal the bubbling creativity of the thirty-year-old composer. With the renewal of the genre, he was determined to push even further than the recent reference of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony. Cleverly paired with two symphonies by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, another iconoclast, the music world changed forever with the very first chord of Beethoven's Symphony No.1. Relive this decisive moment in the company of the Akademie für Alte Musik, under the guidance of their concertmaster Bernhard Forck.
Gramophone Magazine October 2020
If you’re not bothered by the sometimes meagre string sound, there’s much to savour here. The outer movements have tremendous energy...I can’t remember ever hearing the Trio of the First Symphony’s Menuetto rendered with such delicacy, and the windplaying is marvellous throughout…Warmly recommended.
Sunday Times 2nd August 2020
The brief CPE Bach works are interesting, quirky fillers, but the real joy of the CD are this brilliant period-instrument group’s two Beethovens.