Collection of Beethoven’s symphonies announced to be ‘Recording of the year’

02 | Maj | 2020

On April 30 2020 it was announced that the Danish Chamber Orchestra and principal conductor Ádám Fischer received the main award ‘Recording of the Year’ at the International Classical Music Award 2020 (ICMA) for their recording of Beethoven’s symphonies.

Of the nineteen citations in the audio and video categories, the box set of Beethoven’s complete symphonies received two awards: The collection won the ‘Symphonic Music’ category and ‘Recording of the Year’.

The jury considered the edition a “very convincing, coherent and meaningful set of Beethoven’s symphonies whose main characteristic is the rhetorical diversity showing all Beethoven’s various facets. This eloquence is achieved with a consistently slender, low-vibrato music-making and a wide range of tempi, rhythm and dynamics. Exciting contrasts, powerful accents and expressive rubato let Beethoven ‘speak’ in a most persuasive way.”

The ICMA Recording of the Year accolade comes in the context of worldwide celebrations of 2020 marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, lending extra weight to the significance of the award. The artistic merits of the performances were seeded in Fischer’s rationale in approaching these major works from Beethoven’s output:

“I need to find out why a piece of music was written. It is not sufficient merely to follow Beethoven’s instructions, as this may not suffice to convince the orchestra and the audience. I have to feel it in my body why it was so important to him. And not only that, I have to want what he wanted, make his will my own.”

Released in May 2019, the edition met with wide critical acclaim:

… one of the most entertaining modern cycles out there … witty, volatile and full of energy.” (The Arts Desk)

I think we’ll be talking about [this cycle] for a long time after the anniversary.” (MusicWeb international)

I find these performances utterly fascinating.” (Gramophone)

To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the Danish Chamber Orchestra and Ádám Fischer will be performing all nine symphonies by the composer at a Beethoven Marathon in DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen on September 12 and 13, 2020.

Read more and buy tickets here: Beethoven Marathon