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Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, December 2014

An impressive mixture of the established and the new this BR-Klassik release contains a complete set of Beethoven 9 symphonies, supplemented by 6 new orchestral works, all commissioned and performed by the renowned Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Under Maestro Jansons in the Beethoven symphonies the glorious playing containing an electrifying intensity together with a stimulating freshness that rather took me by surprise. The new orchestral works from: Rodion Shchedrin, Jörg Widmann, Johannes Maria Staud, Misato Mochizuki, Raminta Šerkšnyte and Giya Kancheli all last around ten minutes and relate to a particular Beethoven symphony. © 2014 MusicWeb International



Scott Noriega
Fanfare, March 2014

Throughout these performances…the orchestra plays this music in a highly polished and convincing manner. What is so spectacular, in particular, is how their Beethoven sounds so new, so very fresh in this approach, while the contemporary works all sound as though the orchestral members have been playing this music for their whole lives, as though the music is in their blood. Captured in spectacularly vivid sound…this is surely one of the finest ways one can listen to the Beethoven symphonies in an entirely new context…this is surely a hit. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



James R. Oestreich
The New York Times, December 2013

Critics’ Favorite Classical Recordings of 2013

This set would be eminently recommendable if only for the nine Beethoven symphonies, performed with muscularity and flair. But it also includes “Reflections,” works commissioned from six current composers (Giya Kancheli, Misato Mochizuki, Rodion Shchedrin, Raminta Serksnyte, Johannes Maria Staud and Jörg Widmann), each referring to a specific Beethoven symphony. © 2013 The New York Times



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, December 2013

The sound engineers have done a splendid job throughout these six discs. Overall the satisfyingly warm sound is clean…and an excellent balance has been achieved.

Jansons and his orchestra are in stunning form throughout. These are performances of elevated quality. Outstandingly performed and well recorded this highly desirable box is more than a match for any of the competing complete sets. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Richard Osborne
Gramophone, December 2013

This is an exceptional realisation of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, one of those rare occasions when one is left with a feeling of having been in the presence of the thing itself. The key to the cycle’s success is the quality of the musicianship. Thanks to Mariss Jansons’s expert schooling of his superb Bavarian musicians in works which continue to enthral, move and entertain him, the dramatic and expressive elements are derived from within rather than – as is often the case with lesser conductors – imposed from without. © Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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