RECORDING: Beethoven 4 & 7
Posted on January 1, 2009
The second in Manchester Camerata’s ambitious scheme to record the entire Beethoven Symphony Cycle under the baton of former Music Director, Douglas Boyd.
Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7
Catalogue # AV2169
Recorded 3 February (Symphony No. 4) and 3 November 2007
Recording Producer: Andrew Keener, Recording Engineer: Simon Eadon
Assistant Engineers: Hugh Walker (Symphony No. 4), Will Brown
Douglas Boyd and Manchester Camerata return in great style with highly committed and enthusiastic performances of Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7. The earlier work sees the more classical and traditional composer using a smaller scale orchestra but nevertheless, this is still Beethoven in full power. Recent studies and the absence of surviving sketches suggest that it was composed in one creative burst, being finished in one week in the Summer of 1806.
By contrast, the 7th symphony sees Beethoven at the height of his powers. It gives a glimpse of the writing and energy that Beethoven would make his own in later works, such as the late sonatas, quartets and the’ Missa Solemnis’. AVIE is proud to bring these release these brand new recordings by Manchester Camerata, whose performances have been hailed amongst critics and audiences alike. Produced by award winning Andrew Keener, this is the second release in the Manchester Camerata’s Beethoven cycle.
Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827)
1. I – Adagio – Allegro vivace (11:48)
2. II – Adagio (9:38)
3. III – Allegro molto e vivace – Un poco meno allegro (5:45)
4. IV – Allegro ma non troppo (6:40)
Symphony No. 7 in A Major
1. I – Poco sostenuto – Vivace (14:02)
2. II – Allegretto (8:19)
3. III. Presto – Assai meno presto (8:52)
4. IV. Allegro con brio (8:31)
Total time: 73:35
“Is it Douglas Boyd Conducting? Or the joy of the Mozart anniversary? Inspired playing anyway from this Manchester chamber group on Mozart symphonies (..)” The Times July 2006
“There is aggression in the performances, but it is an artistically contained aggression. The playing, with its gutsy, tensile strings and characterful lead woodwinds, has a powerfully communicative quality.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2008
“Thirty years ago, ‘chamber orchestra’ Beethoven was considered to be a mildly interesting eccentricity; nowadays it is practically de rigueur. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe blazed the trail. Douglas Boyd was its principal oboe for many years, though more recently his widely recognised drive and musical acumen have been put at the service of the long-established and nowadays upwardly mobile Manchester Camerata. This, surely, is one of their finest records.