Sep 7, 2017

Tafelmusik to Release Complete Beethoven Symphonies on September 22, 2017

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“Weil and his [Tafelmusik] players convince us that Beethoven can sound as radical
in the 21st century as he must have done in the 19th
”
—Gramophone Magazine

Toronto, September 7, 2017 … Tafelmusik is thrilled to present its recordings of the complete Beethoven symphonies, six CDs packaged in a striking box set. Recorded under the direction of guest conductor Bruno Weil over a twelve-year period, Tafelmusik’s cycle marks the first time a North American orchestra has recorded all nine Beethoven symphonies on period instruments. Tafelmusik’s complete Beethoven symphonies will be released on CD on the Tafelmusik Media label starting September 22, 2017, with worldwide distribution by Naxos. The symphonies are also available for digital download from Analekta.

 “Although the Beethoven symphonies are familiar to many music lovers, few have had the privilege to experience them as Tafelmusik and Bruno Weil have over the past many years. Our journey with Bruno exploring these great works has been a profound and intensely personal one,” says Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon, who was Music Director during the period when these recordings were made.

Recorded in Toronto at Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning and George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts between 2004 and 2016, these performances chart Tafelmusik’s evolution as it expanded its repertoire to explore the music of classical and early romantic composers. 

The set contains recordings originally made for the Analekta label, including the JUNO Award-winning Symphony Nos. 5 & 6, and the JUNO Award-nominated Symphony Nos. 7 & 8. Symphony Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and the JUNO Award-nominated Symphony No. 9 were recorded live in concert on the Tafelmusik Media label.

Tafelmusik’s first live performance of a Beethoven symphony (No. 2) in Toronto took place under the direction of Bruno Weil in 1993. Maestro Weil also directed the orchestra in international performances of Beethoven symphonies at the Klang und Raum Festival in Irsee, Germany, during its 19-year tenure there as orchestra-in-residence. 

Much admired by the international music press, Tafelmusik’s Beethoven interpretations have been praised for their “transparency of articulation and balance … remarkable precision, vitality and tonal focus. Beethoven benefits mightily from the silken strings, woodsy winds, clarion brasses and pinpoint timpani.”(Gramophone Magazine).  

“We approach the Beethoven concerts and recording as if they were the very first performances, as though the music had been composed yesterday. There’s no sense of routine with Tafelmusik musicians and everybody’s playing with a full heart and a full soul and spirit. That is the secret to a great performance,” says Maestro Weil.

In-Store Release Information :

Release date: September 22, 2017
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir
Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Bruno Weil, Conductor
Tafelmusik online store 6-CD package price: $40.00
Total Time: 5 hours, 41 minutes
Recording Dates:  October 2004 to February 2016
Sound Format: 24-bit high definition sound
Product Number: TMK1034CD
UPC: 8 80513 10342 5

Media contact:
Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, (416) 456-0499 | ltrisi@sympatico.ca
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7
High‐resolution photos of Tafelmusik and Bruno Weil are available for download here.