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Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, July 2018

Under Herbert Blomstedt’s sensitive direction, the soloists unite chamber musical intimacy together with virtuoso sophistication—and prove once again that the Triple Concerto is an unduly underestimated, much too rarely programmed masterpiece. © 2018 My Classical Notes Read complete review



Simon Thompson
MusicWeb International, February 2018

The performance of the fifth symphony may not be a classic but it’s enjoyable in a very direct sort of way. The orchestra sound great and Blomstedt, who has been conducting this piece for decades, gives a commanding view of its shape. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2017

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 / Symphony No. 5 (I. Faust, Queyras, Helmchen, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Blomstedt) (NTSC) ACC-20411
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Blomstedt) (NTSC) ACC-20413

The soloists are superb, and longtime chamber music partners Isabelle Faust and Jean-Guihen Queyras display a unanimity of purpose, not to mention truly beautiful tone, that alone would make this an outstanding reading. The orchestra is reduced to chamber size, giving the triple soloists the opportunity to phrase expressively when they don’t have to compete with a large ensemble.

Blomstedt himself takes full advantage of the opportunity, and every movement emerges with extra imagination and feeling. …Blomstedt stands as straight as a cadet, slicing the air with a cupped hand to mark strong beats. There’s not much more to his technique except eye contact, yet with minimal means he gets all the energy needed for Beethoven, along with natural balances and fine playing. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, October 2017

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Šaturová, Mihoko Fujimura, Elsner, Gerhaher, Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir and Orchestra, Blomstedt) ACC-80322
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 / Symphony No. 5 (I. Faust, Queyras, Helmchen, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Blomstedt) (NTSC) ACC-20411
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 / Symphony No. 5 (I. Faust, Queyras, Helmchen, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Blomstedt) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10411
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Blomstedt) (NTSC) ACC-20413
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Blomstedt) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10413

Under Blomstedt, the musicians sound at ease yet always on their mettle.

Blomstedt has gauged the weight of each climax in the First—as much as is necessary and no more—so that the symphony stands poised on the threshold between Classical and Romantic expression. …The Second is occasionally prone to a species of constrained literalism encountered again in a stiff transition from Adagio to Allegro in the Fourth’s opening movement…

Where possible—for the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth—these are performances to be watched… There is the occasional frown and raised eyebrow from Blomstedt as he comes again to a private understanding with the music, not in gestures of censure. More often he is wreathed in beatific smiles, and his musicians appear uncommonly happy with their lot. The Pastoral breathes contentment, with a spring in the step of the first movement that admits all the necessary space for anticipation, excitement and the passing joy of moments such as the chuckling clarinet and bassoon figures.

The concert-film of the Fifth is preceded by a Triple Concerto in which Blomstedt thins out the ensemble to offer lively support to his soloists; in turn, Isabelle Faust sweetens her tone in graceful complement to the Leipzig sound. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, July 2017

More than 200 years after its premiere at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Martin Helmchen have jointly mastered the artistic challenge of Beethoven’s gemstone. Under Herbert Blomstedt’s sensitive direction, the soloists unite chamber musical intimacy together with virtuoso sophistication—and prove once again that the Triple Concerto is an underestimated, much too rarely programmed masterpiece. © 2017 My Classical Notes Read complete review





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