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Sep 12, 2013

Tafelmusik launches 13/14 season with Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 at Koerner Hall

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Toronto, Canada, September 10, 2013 … Tafelmusik launches its 2013-14 season with Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, and the Prometheus overture, September 19, 20 and 22, 2013 at Koerner Hall. Long-time Tafelmusik collaborator Bruno Weil conducts these performances, which will be recorded live for a two-CD set for November release on the Tafelmusik Media label. The set also includes live recordings of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4, as well as the Coriolan and Egmont Overtures.
Tafelmusik has performed all nine Beethoven symphonies in Toronto under the direction of Bruno Weil. For the first time, Toronto audiences heard Tafelmusik perform these works on the instruments for which they were written. The Beethoven symphony cycle began in earnest in 1998 when he led a performance of the Symphony No.1 in Irsee, with a repeat performance in February 1999 at Toronto’s Massey Hall.
Tafelmusik began its cycle of Beethoven symphony recordings in 1998 on the Analekta and Sony Classical labels under Bruno Weil’s direction. Previously released recordings include the JUNO Award-winning Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 CD, and the JUNO Award-nominated Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 CD and DVD. During Tafelmusik’s nineteen-year tenure as orchestra-in-residence at the Klang und Raum Festival in Irsee, Germany, Weil also directed the orchestra in internationally acclaimed performances of Beethoven symphonies. 
Tafelmusik’s 2012 live recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, “Eroica”, on the Tafelmusik Media label was selected as Album of the Week by Classic FM in London, and has garnered praise for “vigour with bitingly crisp tone and dynamic playing … Lyrical phrases are smooth and graceful. Bold, concentrated tone color enriches the middle movements, and clean, swift counterpoint enhances the finale.” (New Jersey Star-Ledger)
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