Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: Kurpinski: Beethoven Symphony No 3, 'Eroica'

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: Kurpinski: Beethoven Symphony No 3, 'Eroica'

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Beethoven * Kurpinski

Beethoven Symphony No 3, 'Eroica', Op 55a

Kurpinski Grand Battle Symphony, Op 15b

Orchestra of the 18th Century / Frans Bruggen

Fryderyk Chopin Institute (F) NIFCCD039

(68' * DDD)

Recorded live at the a Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, September 3, 2005; b Witold Lutostawskl Polish Radio Concert Studio, August 25, 2013

Two exceptional recordings taped eight years apart, both live: the Eroica at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall in September 2005, the Kurpinski Grand Battle Symphony at the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in August 2013. The Beethoven is conceptually similar to Bruggen's 2011 reading with the same orchestra, also recorded live and released as part of a complete Beethoven symphony cycle (Glossa). The principal difference is in the sound, which has a crisper edge in Warsaw, the result of a drier acoustic, which in turn influences (I would imagine) some swifter tempi, most specifically in the 'Marcia funebre'.

Bruggen's reading is very sensitively phrased, a noticeable difference between the two performances being in the sixth and seventh bars before the end of the March, played straight on the Warsaw performance (at 12 '08"), but with a sudden unmarked accelerando on the linking phrase (at 13'21") in Rotterdam. …

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