Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Beethoven Extreme in Cracow

Capella Crocoviensis - © Piotr Kucia
Capella Cracoviensis - © Piotr Kucia
Performing all the Beethoven symphonies in one day might seem a somewhat crazy enterprise, but it is certainly achievable. And if Beethoven himself never performed all the symphonies like this, concert programmes in his lifetime were considerably more expansive (notably the concert at which he premiered the fifth and sixth symphonies alongside a concerto and other works). In 2010 the Salomon Orchestra, under conductor Martin Brabbins, performed the symphonies in one day at the Royal Festival Hall.

If you are in Cracow on 27 August 2016 then there is a chance to hear a similar feat when the Cracow-based period-instrument ensemble Capella Cracoviensis will perform all the symphonies under the title Beethoven Extreme, conducted by a relay of distinguished conductors, Christophe Rousset, Paul Goodwin, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Evelino Pidò, and Jan Tomasz Adamus, Capella Cracoviensis’ artistic director. Concerts take place in the Auditorium Hall of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. Full details from the Capella Cracoviensis website.

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