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Beethoven Symphony Cycle - Chicago: 27 February - 3 March

Between 27 February and 3 March 2020 the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and John Eliot Gardiner perform the third of their Beethoven Symphony Cycles in Chicago’s Harris Theater. Here’s a selection of reviews and images from the concerts so far:


“It was enlightening to discern each individual note in fast-running scalar passages, to behold themes rippling across the orchestra’s full breadth. This was Beethoven in his most direct expression, unencumbered by sonic overload.”
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune (Symphony No. 1 & excerpts, 28/02/20) - click here to download the full review (PDF)

“Gardiner and the ORR shed revelatory light on Beethoven symphonies.”
Tim Sawyier, Chicago Classical Review (Symphonies 2 & 3, 29/02/20) - click here to read the full review


“The tempo was brisk, the excitement palpable, the momentum always forward.”
Dennis Polkow, New City Music (Symphonies 8 & 9, 27/02/20) - click here to read the full review


“The orchestra shone brilliantly in the opening instrumental sections, but the Monteverdi Choir stole the show with marvellous intonation and verbal phrasing”
Louis Harris, Third Coast Review (Symphonies 8 & 9, 27/02/20) - click here to read the full review


“The orchestra showed off terrific dexterity with interplay between soloists in chamber music settings and larger orchestral sections.”
Louis Harris, Third Coast Review (Symphonies 2 & 3, 29/02/20) - click here to read the full review


“Gardiner and his orchestra faithfully stuck to Beethoven’s intentions, and the desired effects were fully delivered.”
Louis Harris, Third Coast Review (Symphonies 6 & 7, 02/03/20) - click here to read the full review