Beethoven's Complete Symphonies
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Three decades on from his pioneering period instrument Beethoven series, Sir John Eliot Gardiner celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a bold new vision of this greatest of all symphonic cycles.
Gardiner conducts Beethoven: Symphony No 1
From the anarchic chords that open his First Symphony, Beethoven’s symphonies are more than just music: they’re acts of revolution.
Gardiner conducts Beethoven: Symphony Nos 2 and 3
If Beethoven’s Second Symphony is the sound of a young artist stretching his wings, the Third – the Eroica – is the moment when his genius takes flight.
Gardiner conducts Beethoven: Symphony Nos 4 and 5
Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Beethoven Symphony cycle reaches its halfway point with the most famous four notes in the history of music.
Gardiner conducts Beethoven: Symphony Nos 6 and 7
Birds sing, horns call and streams flow: there’s no experience more refreshing than Beethoven’s lovely Pastoral symphony. And there’s none more exuberantly physical than his unstoppable Seventh.
Gardiner conducts Beethoven: Symphony Nos 8 and 9
Beethoven’s Ninth is the summit of any Beethoven cycle; some might say of classical music itself. All the more reason to pair it with the uproarious Eighth – pure comedy, delivered with a punch.