Beethoven Symphonies Nos.1 & 2


Westdeutsche Sinfonia, Dirk Joeres

Catalogue Number: ALC 1475
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Date/Runtime: TIME 61:16 DDD, 2015
Barcode: 5055354414756

Longer in-depth essay on the symphonies by Dirk Joeres


[Syms.1&2] “two performances of masterpieces: marvellous orchestral playing and a carefree feeling to the music-making … playing is highly detailed and relaxed. The lack of bombast and aggression in the louder passages is to be applauded … performances unbuttoned and refined … sound quality is vivid, forward and clear” (MusicWeb)
[5th MC3106] “Right at the opening, the listener notes the extremely rich, dynamically full-powered and yet transparent sound of the Westdeutsche Sinfonia, also rich in its tonal quality. Under the gripping direction of Dirk Joeres, the symphony becomes a first-rate sound experience” [7th] “Joeres is not influenced by any (other) styles. He conducts a classically shaped and full-blooded Seventh in which the focus is on the music, On the accompanying note, he fully explains the symphonies and his interpretive concept with a great deal of knowledge” (Pizzicato)

Symphony No.1 in C major, Op.21 [26:30]
[1] I. Allegro molto – Allegro con brio 9:21
[2] II. Andante cantabile con moto 7:44
[3] III. Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace 3:44
[4] IV. Finale. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace 5:39
Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.36 [34:35]
[5] I. Adagio – Allegro con brio 12:54
[6] II. Larghetto 11:33
[7] III. Scherzo. Allegro 3:45
[8] IV. Allegro molto 6:22

Additional information

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 12.2 × 13.5 × 2 cm