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 revolutio-nary 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.
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” The nine symphonies with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle ·· Sir Simon Rattle talks about Beethoven’s symphonies
These performances are intensely alive and immensely invigorating.” BBC Music Magazine * * * * *
“Rattle and the Berliners are largely at one. Rattle may want fewer players on the platform than Furtwängler or Karajan – he uses roughly 50 musicians…but this remains the Berlin Philharmonic: its distinctive style revealingly intact. The first two symphonies are an untrammelled delight…[this] cycle is a decidedly distinguished affair” Gramophone