KRIVINE; LA CHAMBRE PHILHARMONIQUE
Gramophone Editor's Choice - July 2011
This specially priced 5CD set of the complete symphonies of Beethoven is performed by the period instrument orchestra La Chambre Philharmonique under conductor Emmanuel Krivine. It includes a critically-acclaimed recording of the Symphony No. 9 (V5202) released in 2009, the only one of the CDs to have been previously available.
La Chambre Philharmonique was formed by Emmanuel Krivine and is made up of instrumentalists from the finest European ensembles. Its structure is original, in that conductor and players enjoy equal status and current members choose new players. The size of the ensemble is flexible, bringing together players, instruments and historical techniques as appropriate for each programme. The orchestra’s first recording of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (V5043) marked the beginning of its collaboration with Naïve. This was followed by the world premiere recording on period instruments of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’, coupled with Schumann’s Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra, which won a Classique d’Or RTL on its release in 2008. Since then its CDs of Mendelssohn’s Symphonies (V5069) and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (V5202) have received numerous awards in the press. These performances of the complete Beethoven Symphonies were recorded in three French venues, Cite de la Musique in Paris, MC2: Grenoble, and the Theatre de Caen).