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Work: Egmont, Op.84: Overture

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ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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ParisFranz Weiser-Möst & Orchestre de Paris

Beethoven, Schumann, Strauss R.
Orchestre de Paris; Franz Welser-Möst; Truls Mørk

TokyoAkiko Suwanai plays Beethoven

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
Beethoven
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Kazuyoshi Akiyama; Akiko Suwanai
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Herreweghe debut offers fresh approach to the familiar in Cleveland

Isabelle Faust © Felix Broede
While Herreweghe’s approach wasn’t always a successful one, when it was the results were marvelous – particularly in the Jupiter Symphony and Isabelle Faust’s take on the Beethoven Violin Concerto.
***11
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Magnificent Beethoven tribute from Chailly in Antwerp

Riccardo Chailly conducts the Filarmonica della Scala © Ronald Knapp
"Beethoven 250" starts in grand form with thrilling performances of Egmont and Symphonies 5 and 8 in Antwerp.
*****
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Van Zweden and Lang Lang perform Beethoven with bounce and panache

Lang Lang © Ka Lam | HK Phil
Lang Lang joins Jaap van Zweden and the HK Phil for an all-Beethoven concert in Hong Hong, kicking off the composer’s 250th festivities in style.
****1
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Bluster and conviction from Argerich and Barenboim

Martha Argerich and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
There was vibrancy and subtlety in these cultured performances of Schubert and Lutosławski, with Martha Argerich still showing how it’s done with ‘that’ Tchaikovsky concerto.
****1
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Shostakovich, Berlioz and the Great American Songbook at the Barbican

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta
Philip Cobb’s bluesy inflections turned the dear old Barbican Hall into the coolest nightspot in the capital; they might as well have lowered the lights and served cocktails.
*****
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