New Beethoven 1 & 3 CD – Preview

Posted on September 24, 2009

System Records Review

Manchester Camerata under conductor Douglas Boyd offer the latest in their critically acclaimed Beethoven cycle, a vivid live recording of the First and Third Symphonies. Manchester Camerata have made an indelible mark with their universally acclaimed series of recordings for Avie. With this release, their fifth for the label, they continue their Beethoven cycle with live versions of the First and Third Symphonies that capture the spirit and freshness of these remarkable, genrebusting works, as well as the excitement, atmosphere and energy of the 33-piece orchestra under their Music Director Douglas Boyd.

Manchester Camerata have become one of the finest, most innovative chamber orchestras in the UK, and Douglas Boyd has proven to be an eminent Beethovenian. Conducting the composer’s Fidelio at the 2009 Garsington Opera Festival, The Times noted “his grasp of Beethovenian idiom” and “pungent underlining of orchestral detail”, praising the musical performance as “sublime and exultant”.

In addition to residencies at The Bridgewater Hall and The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester Camerata perform extensively throughout the UK. Most recently they were heard by tens of thousands – in the Royal Albert Hall and on the airwaves – at their 2009 BBC Proms performance.