The release of Bernard Haitink's new cycle of the Beethoven symphonies has been one of the most talked about classical events of 2006. Over recent years many people had questioned whether another complete set of Beethoven's symphonies would ever be recorded. But Haitink's revelatory recordings have demonstrated why fresh new interpretations of the Beethoven's music are so important and why the composer's music is still so relevent today.
'simply masterful Beethoven ... Even if you already have umpteen other recordings of these works, you really owe it to yourself to hear this new set. It's a deeply satisfying musical experience' -- Chicago Tribune (US), 13 October 2006
'without being quirky Haitink presents it in a way that feels utterly fresh - the results are exhilarating'
Performance***** Sound ***** -- BBC Music Magazine(UK), November 2006
'Here are top-notch players palpably excited to be re-exploring these touchstone scores with a towering conductor.'
Records of the Year. -- New York Times (US), 8 December 2006.
'a complete confidence exists between the LSO, in magnificent form, and it's conductor. This disc is the triumphant climax to the series'
Performance ***** Sound *****
Disc of the Month. -- BBC Music Magazine (UK), January 2007.
Grammy Award nominated -
Best Classical Album -- 49th Annual Grammy Awards