RECORDING: Beethoven 1 & 3
Posted on January 1, 2009
The third in Manchester Camerata’s ambitious series to record the entire Beethoven Symphony Cycle under the baton of it’s former Music Director Douglas Boyd.
Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3
Douglas Boyd and Manchester Camerata
Catalogue # AV2185
Symphony No. 1 recorded at The Bridgewater Hall, on 29 November 2008
Symphony No. 3 recorded at The Bridgewater Hall, on 27 September 2008
Manchester Camerata has 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, genre-busting works, as well as the excitement, atmosphere and energy of the 33-piece orchestra under their Music Director Douglas Boyd.
Manchester Camerata has become recognised as 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”.
 I Adagio molto – Allegro con brio (9:16)
 II Andante cantabile con moto (7:47)
 III Menuetto – Allegro molto e vivace (4:04)
 IV Finale: Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace (5:24)
 I Allegro con brio (16:01)
 II Marcia funebre – Adagio assai (15:14)
 III Scherzo – Allegro vivace (5:30)
 IV Finale – Allegro molto (11:04)
Total time: 74:35
|“Gutsy, powerful, vivid – this Mancunian Beethoven is something quite special” Gramophone
“The First Symphony receives one of the most enjoyable performances I have heard for a long time, and one of the most detailed.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 ****
“[Boyd] draws lean, elegant playing in the classical mould…It’s as if every hint of Beethoven the Romantic revolutionary has been excised.” Financial Times, 19th December 2009 ***
“These are refreshingly “straight” but compelling accounts of both symphonies, scrupulously observant of Beethoven’s dynamic markings and wonderfully transparent…Boyd sustains a remarkably expansive Funeral March, the emotional climax of the Eroica and the crowning achievement of this remarkable, collectable disc.” Sunday Times, 15th November 2009 ****