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DVD + Blu-Ray:
Beethoven and His Contemporaries, Vol. 2 / AKAMUS

Works of Beethoven, Cherubini, Holzbauer, Knecht + Méhul performed by Akademie für Alte Musik with Bernhard Forck at the 2020 SWR Schwetzingen Festival.

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The award-winning Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin has become one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras on period instruments. These concerts reveal some of the foundations of Beethoven’s genius, and capture vital performances from the 2020 SWR Schwetzingen Festival, the biggest radio festival for classical music in the world. Robert Schumann pointed out similarities between Méhul’s First Symphony and Beethoven’s Fifth, and these third and fourth concerts in the cycle also include a tempest by Holzbauer that precedes Beethoven’s by half a century, plus the little-known Le portrait musical de la nature by Justin Heinrich Knecht, a work that also anticipates Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony. The first and second concerts are available on DVD 2.110704 and Blu-ray NBD0135V.

Concert III – 28 October 2020

LUIGI CHERUBINI
Lodoïska – Overture (1791)

ÉTIENNE-NICOLAS MÉHUL
Symphony No. 1 in G minor (1808–09)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (1808)

Concert IV – 29 October 2020

IGNAZ HOLZBAUER
Symphony in E flat major, Op. 4, No. 3 ‘La tempesta del mare’ (1769)

JUSTIN HEINRICH KNECHT
Symphony in G major: Le portrait musical de la Nature, ou Grande Simphonie (1784–85)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’ (1808)

AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN
Concertmaster BERNHARD FORCK

TV Director ALEXANDER RADULESCU

[2.110705 / NBD0136V]
Total playing time: 165 min
DVD: NTSC 16:9 · AC3 2.0 and DTS 5.1 · DVD 9
BD: HD 16:9 · PCM stereo and DTS-MA 5.1 · BD 50

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