Frans Brüggen first turned his attention to the music of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies in the 1980s, using period instruments. Now, his quest undimmed, he returns to the glories of Beethoven’s orchestral music for a new cycle being issued in a sumptuous hybrid SACD box set on Glossa. Likewise undimmed is the rapport he shares with his orchestra for one of classical music’s greatest challenges by way of concert performances: Brüggen has long distanced himself from studio recordings.
“Brüggen`s message, interpreted from uncorrupted texts, gets through, every repeat except one (in the third movement of the Seventh) observed. But he reserves judgement about Beethoven`s metronome markings...Brüggen strips (the Ninth) of the overbearing bombast encrusted across generations...This is Brüggen`s voyage to the vortex of Beethoven`s last symphony. Go with him for a rare emotional encounter.” GRAMOPHONE
“Bruggen’s Beethoven with his crack European ensemble is again a breath of fresh air … every bar crackles with energy and delight. Excellent recorded sound, capturing a natural concert hall perspective.” CLASSICAL MUSIC