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Beethoven Symphony Cycle - Barcelona: 9 - 14 February 2020

Between 9 and 14 February 2020 the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and John Eliot Gardiner performed the first of their Beethoven Symphony Cycles at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona. Here’s a selection of reviews and images from the five concerts:


“Gardiner has had the complicity and delivery of his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, whose attitude, skill and virtuosity have turned each concert into a lesson of honesty and musical passion… what has been heard over these five days in the Palau will be difficult to forget.”
Javier Pérez Senz, El País - click here to read the full review


“The Palau audience cheered in a never-before-seen Symphony no. 5, in which everything came together so that the evening was perfect… A cycle that has made history.”
Pablo Meléndez-Haddad, El Periódico - click here to read the full review


“Five nights of glory… The enthusiasm of the musicians and the energetic beat of Gardiner managed to stop time”
Jaume Radigales, ARA - click here to read the full review


“Beethoven’s Symphony Cycle directed by John Eliot Gardiner this week at the Palau de la Música Catalana certainly deserves the qualification of historical.”
Pep Gorgori, ABC Catalonia - click here to read the full review


“An event that must, without a doubt, be considered one of the most important pages in the history of the Palau de la Música.”
Oriol Pérez Treviño, El Punt Avui - click here to read the full review


“It was a miracle of lightness, transparency, pure sound and expressive magic… the soloists, the Monteverdi and the Cor de Cambra were impressive, both when singing and giving each word of Schiller’s verses full meaning.”
Juan Carlos Moreno, Ritmo - click here to read the full review


“Gardiner and the orchestra reached the highest levels of interpretive excellence.”
Jordi Maddaleno, Platea Magazine - click here to read the full review


“The first thing that attracted attention was the velvety colour that the woodwind and valveless brass provided… The members of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique demonstrated once again their virtuosity.”
Pablo Meléndez-Haddad, El Periódico (Symphony no. 1 & excerpts, 09/02/20) - click here to read the full review


“Gardiner moves in another dimension… with a stylistic purity and an interpretative freshness that is pure musical joy… Transparent and well-balanced sound; beautiful sonority in the woodwind, shining brass, incisive timpani and agile, clean and transparent strings.”
Javier Pérez Senz, El País (Symphony no. 1 & excerpts, 09/02/20) - click here to read the full review


“A thousand and one details within a sea of ​​prodigious instrumental flashes, sound balances between perfectly articulated sections that were moulded into a version that would inexorably lead us to a radiant end.”
Lluís Trullén, Scherzo (Symphonies 2 & 3, 10/02/20) - click here to read the full review


“If we measure the excellence of an orchestra on how well it interprets Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the ORR of John Eliot Gardiner, based on the interpretation of the last evening, is undoubtedly sublime.”
Miquel Martínez, Bachtrack ★★★★★ (Symphonies 8 & 9, 14/02/20) - click here to read the full review