Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel – Beethoven: The Symphonies (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – The Symphonies – Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 06:00:12 minutes | 6,26 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Gustavo Dudamel/Fidelio Arts Ltd, London
Recorded: 4/2015 in Caracas, Venezuela; Centro de Acción Social por la Música, Sala Simón Bolivar

Paris, December 2nd , 1804. In a grand ceremony at Notre-Dame-Cathedral, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of France. Among the thousands in attendance at the coronation that day was a young man named Simon Bolivar. At once impressed and reviled, the young South American’s mind was gripped by a new vision for the future of his homeland. Meanwhile, as news of Napoleon’s coronation reached Vienna, an enraged Ludwig van Beethoven dashed the hand-written dedication to Bonaparte from the manuscript of his latest symphony. The work would be known as the “Eroica”, and the history of music would never be the same.

With this recording project, my brothers and sisters of the Simon Bolviar Symphony Orchestra and I pay homage to two of our greatest inspirations: Beethoven and Bolivar. Two bold, passionate visionaries whose parallel lives straddled the transition from the Enlightenment to the revolutionary Romantic eras, who came of age in the shadow of Napoleon, and went on to dominate the cultural consciousness of their time. Bolivar led millions of South Americans to freedom and became the spiritual father of nations; Beethoven championed the emancipation of art from the sphere of the aristocracy and, in his symphonies, established the compositional and philosophical vocabulary for all music thereafter.

To realise their goals, both Bolivar and Beethoven overcame tremendous challenges. Bolivar faced colonial armies, survived political intrigues, and suffered personal tragedy, but never lost faith in his vision. Beethoven lost his hearing – perhaps the most cruel fate to befall a musician. And yet, he was able to compose music of such extraordinary humanity and compassion, he is living proof of the ability of musical expression to transcend circumstance. This belief, in the transcendent, transformative power of music, is fundamental to the philosophy of El Sistema. As Venezuelans, we feel the living spirit of Bolivar all around us every day. And for us, especially in the Simon Bolivar orchestra, we identify with Beethoven’s spirit and with his music because the two contemporaries, Beethoven and Bolivar, shared the same ideals of freedom and sacrifice. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Just as Bolivar’s words and deeds inspired his countrymen and women to strive for greater causes, Beethoven’s symphonies lead us on a journey to discover our deepest human emotions – and aspire to our highest ideals. It is our great honour and pleasure to share in this journey with you. —Gustavo Dudamel

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
1 I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio 00:09:48
2 II. Andante cantabile con moto 00:08:45
3 III. Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace 00:03:29
4 IV. Finale. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace 00:06:15
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
5 I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio 00:12:42
6 II. Larghetto 00:12:02
7 III. Scherzo. Allegro – Trio 00:03:33
8 IV. Allegro molto 00:06:09
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55
9 I. Allegro con brio 00:15:16
10 II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai 00:18:08
11 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace – Trio 00:06:01
12 IV. Finale. Allegro molto 00:12:32
Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60
13 I. Adagio – Allegro vivace 00:11:37
14 II. Adagio 00:10:30
15 III. Allegro vivace 00:05:59
16 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 00:06:54
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
17 I. Allegro con brio 00:08:21
18 II. Andante con moto 00:09:42
19 III. Scherzo. Allegro 00:05:27
20 IV. Allegro 00:08:56
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68
21 I. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande 00:11:46
22 II. Scene am Bach 00:12:26
23 III. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute 00:05:01
24 IV. Gewitter. Sturm 00:03:38
25 V. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm 00:09:58
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
26 I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace 00:14:29
27 II. Allegretto 00:08:32
28 III. Presto 00:09:27
29 IV. Allegro con brio 00:08:37
Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
30 I. Allegro vivace e con brio 00:09:31
31 II. Allegretto scherzando 00:04:07
32 III. Tempo di menuetto 00:04:38
33 IV. Allegro vivace 00:07:05
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125
34 I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso 00:16:17
35 II. Scherzo. Molto vivace – Presto 00:11:40
36 III. Adagio molto e cantabile 00:16:00
37 IV. Final, Pt. 1 00:06:40
38 V. Final, Pt. 2 00:18:14

Mariana Ortíz, soprano
J’nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Soloman Howard, bass
Coro Nacional Juvenil Simón Bolívar
Lourdes Sánchez, chorus master
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor



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