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Beethoven Symphonies 1–9 Box Set


Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

“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
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PreviewTrack Title
CD 1. Symphony no. 1 in C Major, op. 21; Symphony no. 2 in D Major, op. 36
CD 2. Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 55 "Eroica"
CD 3. Symphony no. 4 in B-flat Major, op. 60; Symphony no. 5 in C Minor, op. 67
CD 4. Symphony no. 6 in F Major, op. 68 "Pastoral"
CD 5. Symphony no. 7 in A Major, op. 92; Symphony no. 8 in F Major, op. 93
CD 6. Symphony no. 9 in D Minor, op. 125

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“The recordings are full of life and are technically at the highest level. (...) The recordings are outstanding — no ifs, ands, or buts.”
—Nele Freudenberger, WDR 3

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 were released on CD on the Tafelmusik Media label on 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The set contains recordings originally made for the Analekta label, including the JUNO Award-winning Symphony Nos. 5 & 6, and the JUNO Award-nominated Symphony Nos. 7 & 8.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.



Bruno Weil, conductorBruno Weil, Conductor


Bruno Weil is world renowned as one of the leading conductors of Viennese Classicism. Born in Germany, Bruno Weil was a master student of Hans Swarowsky and Franco Ferrara. A prize-winner of several international competitions, he was named General Music Director of the City of Augsburg in 1981, Germany’s youngest General Music Director at that time. Bruno Weil resigned his post as General Music Director of the City of Duisburg, Germany in 2002, and is now a frequent guest conductor of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Music Director of the Cappella Coloniensis. Bruno Weil has conducted leading symphony orchestras, among them the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has conducted at the German Opera Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Semper Opera Dresden, Glyndebourne Festival, and most often at the Vienna State Opera. He has released numerous recordings with Tafelmusik, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In 1997, Bruno Weil won the Echo Klassik Award as Conductor of the Year. Bruno Weil was Music Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, California from 1992 to 2010, and was Artistic Director of the Klang und Raum Festival in Irsee, Germany, at which Tafelmusik was orchestra-in-residence, from 1993 to 2011. In October 2001, Bruno Weil was appointed Professor of Conducting at the State Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich, and in 2015 started teaching orchestral conducting at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.


Jeanne Lamon, Music DirectorJeanne Lamon, Music Director


Music Director of Tafelmusik from 1981 to 2014, Jeanne Lamon has been praised by critics in Europe and North America for her strong musical leadership. She has won numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from York University, Mount Saint Vincent University, and University of Toronto, and the prestigious Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2000, Jeanne Lamon was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2014, a Member of the Order of Ontario. She is in demand as guest director of symphony orchestras in North America and abroad. She is passionate about teaching young professionals, which she does as Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. Jeanne Lamon now serves as Music Director Emerita of Tafelmusik.


Ivars Taurins, Director, Tafelmusik Chamber ChoirIvars Taurins, Director,
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir


Equally at home conducting symphonic and choral repertoire, Ivars Taurins is the founding director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. He was also violist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra for its first 23 years. Ivars works regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears as guest director with orchestras and choirs across the country, from Halifax to Victoria. A passionate educator, Ivars Taurins teaches orchestral conducting and directs the Collegium Musicum at the University of Toronto, teaches conducting at the Glenn Gould School, and has been a guest teacher/conductor at universities and with youth choirs and orchestras across Canada.


Sigrid Plundrich, sopranoSigrid Plundrich, Soprano


Born in Marktoberdorf, Germany, soprano Sigrid Plundrich is equally at home in concert repertoire as on the opera stage, and enjoys a diverse repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. Ms. Plundrich was an ensemble member of the Munich State Opera at Gärtnerplatz from 2007-2009 and has been a guest of the opera theaters of Würzburg, Erlangen, Augsburg, and the Palacio de la Opera in La Coruña, Spain. Roles include Konstanze (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Tatjana (Eugene Onegin) and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Ms. Plundrich has appeared with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie of Bremen, the Konzerthaus Orchestra of Berlin, the Munich Symphonikern and Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with conductors Bruno Weil, Dennis Russell Davies and Christian Thielemann.



Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo-sopranoMary-Ellen Nesi,


Born in Montreal of Greek parents, mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi studied in Athens and London. She has appeared on the opera stages of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich,Semperoper Dresden, Oper Frankfurt, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre de Champs-Elysées Paris, Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg, Maggio Musicale Florence, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Greek National Opera, and at a number of Europe’s most important festivals. Concert engagements have brought her to prestigious concert halls in Europe, North America, and Asia. She regularly collaborates with prominent conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Frederic Chaslin, Theodor Currentzis, Alan Curtis, Charles Dutoit, Andrea Marcon, George Petrou, and Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Her operatic repertoire includes leading roles by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, R. Strauss, Mozart, and Gluck as well as a vast number of roles by Handel, Vivaldi, and Monteverdi. She has recorded more than twenty-five leading roles for CD and DVD.


Colin Balzer, tenorColin Balzer, Tenor


Canadian tenor Colin Balzer has appeared with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Early Music Vancouver, Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy, Musica Sacra and the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, and with symphony orchestras across the US and Canada. He is regularly featured in opera productions at the Boston Early Music Festival, including the title role of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Steffani's Niobe, Handel's Almira, Lully's Psyche, and Mattheson’s Boris Goudenow. Appearances abroad include Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki), Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe), Les Musiciens du Louvre (Marc Minkowski), Rotterdam Philharmonic (Yannick Nézet-Séguin), and Akademie für alte Musik (Marcus Creed), as well as with the RIAS Kammerchor, Het Brabants Orkest, Luxembourg Symphony, Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Museumsorchester Salzburg, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Philharmonischer Chor Berlin, Estonian Chamber Choir, and Camerata Salzburg.


Simon Tischler, bass-baritoneSimon Tischler, Bass-baritone


German bass-baritone Simon Tischler, born in Regensburg in 1984, was a member of the famous boys’ choir Regensburger Domspatzen. He went on to complete a diploma in flute, and studied voice at the Würzburg University of Music. He is in demand as a concert singer, and has performed Mendelssohn’s Elias and Paulus, Haydn’s Creation and The Seasons, and numerous Bach cantatas. He frequently performs German lied recitals with pianist Kerstin Mörk. In the opera houses of Augsburg, Koblenz, Würzburg, and Weikersheim, among others, he has sung many roles, including Papageno and Sprecher in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Truelove in Stravinsky’s A Rake’s Progress, Budd in Britten’s Albert Herring, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and Masetto and Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.


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