For this set of Beethoven's first five symphonies, Jordi Savall began with the fundamental idea of recovering the original sound of the orchestra and tempo as the composer imagined them. All the orchestral work was performed with instruments corresponding to those used at the time, and by 55-60 musicians, a number similar to that arranged by the composer. 35 players were selected from Le Concert des Nations alongside 20 young musicians from different countries across world. The main goal was to reflect, in our 21st century, all the richness and beauty of these symphonies, through a true balance between colors and the quality of the orchestra's natural sound.
Sunday Times 16th August 2020
Catalonia’s resonant Château de Cardona sometimes makes the bassline heavy, the vigorous timpanist often forgets the crucial Beethovenian difference between one f and two, and the editor clipped a bar from No 2’s scherzo. But this is a highly enjoyable set. I love the playfulness of the Eroica’s last two movements