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Beethoven Symphony No 1

Santtu-Matias Rouvali enters uncharted territory with the Gothenburg Symphony 

At the very first performance, the critics of Vienna thought that the symphony was generally good and that it offered many news and ‘a whole world of ideas’. ‘But too many wind instruments came to use, so it sounded more like a brass band than an orchestra.’

Two hundred years later, we find the symphony both distinct and clear, conventional and strongly related to Mozart’s and Haydn’s symphonies. But we also notice that here is something more – a strong personal move. The advancing spirit is not lent, it is Beethoven’s own signum.


Beethoven Symphony No 1


Gothenburg Symphony
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

Recorded for GSOplay 5 October 2018

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