Beethoven: Symphonies & Ouvertures
Kaappola, Anna-Kristiina; Anima Eterna Choir; Kielland, Marianne Beate; Anima Eterna Brugge; Schäfer, Markus; Bauer, Thomas E.; Immerseel, Jos van
“Here is a superb new set of the most famous symphonies in our musical culture, brilliantly played on period instruments. Jos van Immerseel and his highly skilled Flanders-based orchestra Anima Eterna play at modern pitch (A=440), which they have established was done in Beethoven’s Vienna. As the composer had to make do with motley collections of amateurs and professionals and couldn’t hear a thing after about 1817 this is better than anything he experienced. Van Immerseel’s interpretations are exciting but always musical.” (The Observer Daily Mail) Founded in 1987 by Jos van Immerseel as a musical Petri dish to cultivate the results of his research into music of the baroque era, Anima Eterna Brugge evolved from a compact string ensemble to the full-bred symphonic orchestra that it is today. Along with the musical forces, the repertoire expanded from chamber music to concerto, symphony, dance and opera, and from Bach to Mozart and Haydn. The ensemble’s mission is to let masterpieces of every period speak to today’s ears.