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Beethoven & Barry Vol. 2

Britten Sinfonia

Beethoven & Barry Vol. 2

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Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212063927
Catnr: SIGCD 639
Release date: 23 October 2020
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Signum Classics
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0635212063927
Catalogue number
SIGCD 639
Release date
23 October 2020
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About the album

The second volume of celebrated pianist, composer and conductor Thomas Adès and the Britten Sinfonia’s collaborative performances of the works of Beethoven and Gerald Barry. Beethoven’s 4th, 5th and 6th symphonies are interspersed with Barry’s ‘Viola Concerto’ (featuring Lawrence Power) and piece for orchestra and bass ‘The Conquest of Ireland’ (featuring Joshua Bloom).

Artist(s)

Britten Sinfonia

In 1992, Britten Sinfonia was established as a bold reimagining of the conventional image of an orchestra. A flexible ensemble comprising the UK’s leading soloists and chamber musicians came together with a unique vision: to collapse the boundaries between old and new music; to collaborate with composers, conductors and guest artists across the arts, focussing on the musicians rather than following the vision of a principal conductor; and to create involving, intelligent music events that both audiences and performers experience with an unusual intensity. The orchestra is named after Benjamin Britten, in part a homage to its chosen home of the East of England, where Britten’s roots were also strong. But Britten Sinfonia also embodies its namesake’s ethos. Its projects are...
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In 1992, Britten Sinfonia was established as a bold reimagining of the conventional image of an orchestra. A flexible ensemble comprising the UK’s leading soloists and chamber musicians came together with a unique vision: to collapse the boundaries between old and new music; to collaborate with composers, conductors and guest artists across the arts, focussing on the musicians rather than following the vision of a principal conductor; and to create involving, intelligent music events that both audiences and performers experience with an unusual intensity. The orchestra is named after Benjamin Britten, in part a homage to its chosen home of the East of England, where Britten’s roots were also strong. But Britten Sinfonia also embodies its namesake’s ethos. Its projects are illuminating and distinctive, characterised by their rich diversity of influences and artistic collaborators; and always underpinned by a commitment to uncompromising quality, whether the orchestra is performing in New York’s Lincoln Center or in Lincolnshire’s Crowland Abbey.
Britten Sinfonia musicians are deeply rooted in the communities with which they work, with an underlying philosophy of finding ways to reach even the most excluded individuals and groups. Today Britten Sinfonia is heralded as one of the world’s leading ensembles and its philosophy of adventure and reinvention has inspired a new movement of emerging chamber groups. It is an Associate Ensemble at London’s Barbican, Resident Orchestra at Saffron Hall in Essex and has residencies in Norwich and Cambridge. It performs an annual chamber music series at London’s Wigmore Hall and appears regularly at major UK festivals including the Aldeburgh, Brighton, Norfolk and Norwich Festivals and the BBC Proms. The orchestra has performed a live broadcast to more than a million people worldwide from the Sistine Chapel, regularly tours internationally including to the US, South America, Asia and extensively in Europe. It is a BBC Radio 3 Broadcast Partner and has award-winning recordings on the Hyperion and Harmonia Mundi labels. Recent and current collaborators include Keaton Henson, dancer/choreographer Pam Tanowitz and theatre director Ivo van Hove, with commissions from Thomas Adès, Gerald Barry, Shiva Freshareki, Emily Howard, Brad Mehldau and Mark-Anthony Turnage.
The orchestra was a commissioning partner in a ground-breaking partnership between minimalist composer Steve Reich and visual artist Gerhard Richter in a new work that was premiered in October 2019. Outside the concert hall, Britten Sinfonia musicians work on creative and therapeutic projects with pre-school children, teenagers, young carers, people suffering from dementia, life-time prisoners and older people at risk of isolation. The orchestra’s OPUS competition offers unpublished composers the chance to receive a professional commission and unearths new, original and exciting UK compositional talent. Members of Britten Sinfonia Academy, the orchestra’s youth chamber ensemble for talented young performers, have performed in museums, improvised with laptop artists, led family workshops and appeared at Latitude Festival.

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Thomas Adès (conductor)

Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971. He studied the piano with Paul Berkowitz at the Guildhall School, winning the Lutine Prize for piano, before continuing his studies at King’s and St John’s Colleges, Cambridge. His early compositions include Living Toys (London Sinfonietta), Arcadiana (the Endellion Quartet) and his first opera Powder Her Face (1995), which has been performed many times around the world. Orchestral commissions include Asyla and America: A Prophecy, the tone poem Tevot and concertos for violin and piano. His Opera The Tempest received its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 2004 and in 2016 The Exterminating Angel premiered at the Salzburg Festival followed by performances at the Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera in...
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Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971. He studied the piano with Paul Berkowitz at the Guildhall School, winning the Lutine Prize for piano, before continuing his studies at King’s and St John’s Colleges, Cambridge.
His early compositions include Living Toys (London Sinfonietta), Arcadiana (the Endellion Quartet) and his first opera Powder Her Face (1995), which has been performed many times around the world. Orchestral commissions include Asyla and America: A Prophecy, the tone poem Tevot and concertos for violin and piano. His Opera The Tempest received its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 2004 and in 2016 The Exterminating Angel premiered at the Salzburg Festival followed by performances at the Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, all under the baton of the composer. In 1999 Adès started a 10-year relationship with Aldeburgh Festival as artistic director. In 2016 he became the Artistic Partner of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has conducted the orchestra in Boston, at Carnegie Hall in New York and at Tanglewood. He coaches piano and chamber music annually at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.
As a conductor, Thomas appears regularly with the Los Angeles, San Francisco and London Philharmonic orchestras, the Boston, London and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In opera, in addition to The Exterminating Angel, he has conducted The Rake’s Progress at the Royal Opera House and the Zürich Opera, and The Tempest at the Metropolitan Opera and Vienna State Opera.
Adès has given solo piano recitals at Carnegie Hall, New York and the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican in London, and appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic. He has performed Schubert’s Winterreise extensively throughout Europe with Ian Bostridge and in 2018 recorded it at the Wigmore Hall. In 2018, following a recital of Janácek's music at the Reduta Theatre in Brno, Janácek’s home town, he was awarded the Leoš Janácek prize. His many awards including the Grawemeyer Award for Asyla (1999); Royal Philharmonic Society large-scale composition awards for Asyla, The Tempest and Tevot. His CD recording of The Tempest (EMI) won the Contemporary category of the 2010 Gramophone Awards; his DVD of the production from the Metropolitan Opera was awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’année (2013), Best Opera recording (2014 Grammy Awards) and Music DVD Recording of the Year (2014 ECHO Klassik Awards); and The Exterminating Angel won the World Premiere of the Year at the International Opera Awards (2017). In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize in Copenhagen and in January 2021 will judge the Toru Takemitsu composition award at Tokyo Opera City.

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Composer(s)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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Gerald Barry

Gerald Barry was born in Ireland in 1952 and studied with Stockhausen and Kagel. Canada was sung by Allan Clayton with the CBSO under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at the 2017 BBC Proms. Barry's Piano Concerto was premiered at Musica Viva in Munich with the BRSO under Peter Rundel. His first opera The Intelligence Park, recorded on NMC was at the 1990 Almeida Festival directed by David Fielding. A new production by Nigel Lowery opened at Covent Garden in September 2019. A second opera, The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit (1991) also staged by Lowery, opened the 2002 Aldeburgh Festival, followed by performances in London and the Berliner Festwochen conducted by Thomas Adès. A new staging by Sam Brown took place in 2013 at...
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Gerald Barry was born in Ireland in 1952 and studied with Stockhausen and Kagel. Canada was sung by Allan Clayton with the CBSO under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at the 2017 BBC Proms. Barry's Piano Concerto was premiered at Musica Viva in Munich with the BRSO under Peter Rundel.

His first opera The Intelligence Park, recorded on NMC was at the 1990 Almeida Festival directed by David Fielding. A new production by Nigel Lowery opened at Covent Garden in September 2019. A second opera, The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit (1991) also staged by Lowery, opened the 2002 Aldeburgh Festival, followed by performances in London and the Berliner Festwochen conducted by Thomas Adès. A new staging by Sam Brown took place in 2013 at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant was at English National Opera in 2005 and Theater Basel in 2008 directed by Richard Jones. La Plus Forte (2007), a one-act opera for the 2007 Festival Présences, Radio France, was premiered by Barbara Hannigan. An English version of the work was made for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Barry’s opera, The Importance of Being Earnest (2009–10), was co-commissioned by the LA Philharmonic and the Barbican and staged at Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and given a US premiere at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic and by Northern Ireland Opera. Earnest received a 2013 RPS Award for Large-Scale Composition and the recording, released on NMC, was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award. It was staged by Julien Chavaz for Nouvel Opéra Fribourg and in Paris. Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, premiered with Thomas Adès conducting the LA Phil and Barbara Hannigan in the title role. It was at Covent Garden in February 2020 in a production by Antony McDonald. A new production by Julien Chavaz will open at Theater Magdeburg in 2023. His latest opera, Salome, for the LA Phil, the South Bank and Dutch Radio, was covid postponed and awaits its premiere. He is currently writing a Double Bass concerto for the Berlin Philharmonic in 2022.


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Disc #1
01.
Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
11:35
Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
02.
Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: II. Adagio
08:57
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
03.
Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: III. Allegro vivace
05:25
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
04.
Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
06:44
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
05.
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio
07:21
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
06.
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: II. Andante con moto
09:18
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
07.
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: III. Scherzo: Allegro
04:38
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
08.
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: IV. Allegro
10:47
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
09.
Viola Concerto
15:06
Britten Sinfonia, Lawrence Power, Britten Sinfonia

Disc #2
01.
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': I. Allegro ma non troppo 'Awakening of Happy Feelings'
10:56
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
02.
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': II. Andante molto moto 'Scene by the Brook'
11:38
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
03.
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': III. Allegro 'Peasants’ Merrymaking'
04:53
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
04.
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': IV. Allegro 'The Storm'
03:38
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
05.
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': V. Allegretto 'Shepherds’ Song. Joyous Thanksgiving After the Storm'
08:49
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia
06.
The Conquest of Ireland
19:37
Britten Sinfonia, Joshua Bloom, Britten Sinfonia
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