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Beethoven Symphony Cycle - New York: 19 - 24 February 2020

Between 19 and 24 February 2020 the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and John Eliot Gardiner performed the second of their Beethoven Symphony Cycles in New York’s Carnegie Hall, where the conductor featured as a 19/20 Perspectives Artist. Here’s a selection of reviews and images from the concerts:


“This is how to do a Beethoven Symphony Cycle”
Josh Barone, The New York Times - click here to read the full review (free account required to access full article)


“The unrestrained exhilaration of the Fifth Symphony’s conclusion was so vividly portrayed that the audience roared its approval… The entire symphony was beautifully paced and intelligently conceived.”
Barbara Jepson, The Wall Street Journal - click here to download the full review (PDF)


“Gardiner and the ORR revelled in the peculiarities and liberties [of the First Symphony] that caused consternation to those who were at that premiere in 1800, infusing the music with joy and humour.”
Rick Perdian, Seen and Heard International - click here to read the full review


“This was a raw performance of an iconic work, stripping away the bluster that usually comes with it.”
Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review - click here to read the full review


“the musicians played an extraordinarily colorful and beautiful “Pastoral” and nearly blew the roof off the house with a wild Symphony No. 7.”
George Grella, New York Classical Review - click here to read the full review


“An enlightening look at what Beethoven might have strained to hear, in his day.”
Brian Taylor, Cadenza - click here to read the full review