L. V. Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 & Brett Dean: Testament

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Brett Dean

Testament

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Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Vladimir Jurowski (Μαέστρος)

Those present at the Munich Nationaltheater for the 1st Academy Concert of the 20/21 season, will remember it as a special moment. Subsequent to concert venues being forced to close in March 2020, this was one of the first post-lockdown public performances anywhere, as well as being Vladimir Jurowski’s second concert with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester in his role as designated general music director. On the programme: Beethoven’s Second Symphony, which was also played during the opening concert of the Musikalische Akademie in 1811. Its conceptual magnitude and tonal vehemence make this symphony – listened to with an attentive ear – far more than simply a precursor of Eroica. It was preceded on this occasion by Brett Dean’s Testament, a contemporary orchestral piece which engages with Beethoven’s music, his thoughts and his emotional state. This live concert recording vividly captures the anticipation and excitement felt on the night, as well as the bold endeavour to offer a fresh perspective on a purportedly familiar work.

Even if you’re still experiencing Beethoven burnout in the wake of the partially delayed 250th anniversary celebrations, do make time for this: Jurowski delivers one of the most electrifying accounts of the Second Symphony I’ve heard in recent years, the propulsive energy of the outer movements barely held in check so that the transparent stillness of the Larghetto registers all the more keenly. Upscaled from its original twelve-viola version, Dean’s Beethoven-inspired Testament exerts its own uncanny beauty. — Katherine Cooper, Presto Music, July 2022