Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 - Gossec: Symphonie à dix-sept parties Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth

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Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
18.09.2020

Label: Harmonia Mundi

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

Artist: Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67:
  • 1Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio06:54
  • 2Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: II. Andante con moto, piu moto, tempo I09:02
  • 3Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: III. Allegro05:12
  • 4Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: IV. Allegro, Tempo I (scherzo), Allegro, Sempre più Allegro, Presto10:33
  • François-Joseph Gossec (1734 - 1829): Symphonie à dix-sept parties, RH 64:
  • 5Symphonie à dix-sept parties, RH 64: I. Maestoso - Allegro molto06:03
  • 6Symphonie à dix-sept parties, RH 64: II. Larghetto05:51
  • 7Symphonie à dix-sept parties, RH 64: III. Menuet06:25
  • 8Symphonie à dix-sept parties, RH 64: IV. Allegro molto04:26
  • Total Runtime54:26

Info for Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 - Gossec: Symphonie à dix-sept parties



This release, part of harmonia mundi's series celebrating the Beethoven year, pairs the composer's iconic and much-loved Symphony No.5 with the far less well-known Symphony In 17 Parts by Francois-Joseph Gossec. The dramatic power and intensity of Beethoven stands in sharp contrast to to the cheerful and gallant music of Gossec. Les Siècles, led by François-Xavier Roth, apply their usual virtuosity and keen insight to both works in performances that are sure to delight.

"From darkness to light", "Thus Fate knocks at the door". What with alleged quotations from the composer and the wildest Romantic interpretations, it would be impossible to enumerate all the commentaries that have accompanied 'The Fifth' ever since its premiere. So, what if we simply went back to the original score? What if we accepted the idea that, in a context influenced by the French Revolution (as embodied by the brilliant Gossec), it was Beethoven's music itself that was totally revolutionary, as Francois-Xavier Roth and his orchestra Les Siecles like to remind us?

"Another 250th anniversary Beethoven’s Fifth, and the best. Never have I heard so dramatic a performance, with the dynamic contrasts so violent and vivid...Pairing it with a Gossec symphony from 1809 is a potent reminder of Beethoven’s French connections." (Sunday Times)

Les Siècles
François-Xavier Roth, conductor

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