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Ludwig van Beethoven

The Symphonies (DVD)

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Danish National Concert Choir
Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven, composer


The Spanish Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (1933-2014) concluded his acclaimed international conducting career of almost six decades with two memorable years as the venerated Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live in concert at the new DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, this exclusive DVD box set combines Frühbeck de Burgos’ powerful interpretation of the complete Symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven with his spectacular renderings of Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz and Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie as well as Joaquín Rodrigo’s popular Concierto de Aranjuez, featuring the world-renowned Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero.


 "A very welcome and important tribute to a great conductor" Pizzicato

5/5 Stars "Consider this release a testimonial to one of the greats of the musical world and one to treasure and share with your family and friends" TheaterByte


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The box set includes a 100-page booklet with an extensive essay by the Danish composer and writer Karl Aage Rasmussen, who authoritatively takes the reader through Beethoven's nine Symphonies. The book is presented in four languages – English and Danish as well as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos's own languages German and Spanish.

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 (1799/1800)
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 (1801-1802)

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 “Eroica” (1803-05)
Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60 (1806)

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (1804-1808)
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 “Pastoral” (1808)

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 (1811-12)
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 (1812)

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral” (1822-1824) †
RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez (1939) *

BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (1830)
STRAUSS Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64 (1911-1915)


†    Albina Shagimuratova, soprano; Charlotte Hellekant, mezzo-soprano; Scott MacAllister, tenor; Johan Reuter, bass; the Danish National Concert Choir

*    Pepe Romero, guitar


Spanish praise for Beethoven box set
24 November 2016
El País, the biggest newspaper in Spain, says Frühbeck de Burgos' Beethoven interpration "will always live on in the memory".Exclusive Frühbeck de Burgos tribute on DVD and Blu-ray
27 October 2016
New, exclusive box set release presents the greatest moments of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with its late Principal Conductor Rafael Früh­beck de Burgos.

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Recorded at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen
Beethoven: No. 1 (6-7 September 2012), No. 2 (13-14 September 2012), No. 3 (6-7 December 2012), No. 4 (24-25 January 2013), No. 5 (21-22 March 2013), No. 6 (25-26 April 2013), No. 7 (24-25 May 2013), Symphonies Nos. 8-9 (30-31 May & 1 June 2013); Berlioz (24-25 January 2013), Rodrigo (21-22 March 2013), Strauss (23 January 2014)

Recording producer: Bernhard Güttler
Balance engineer: Jan Oldrup
Surround mix: Bernhard Güttler, Jan Oldrup
Sound technicians: Jens Langkilde, Johnny Foght Wiinholt, Bjarne Lillevang Jensen

Camera: Ivan Strand, Thomas Larsen, Gustav Strångert, Peter Sandager, Ulrik Gedsted, Stig Bomholt, Rasmus Vilhelmsen, Thomas Ravn, Morten Jensen, Christian Frisk-Puggaard, Nikolaj Beenfeldt, Philippe-Albert Hesselmann, Claus Sisseck, Michael Molsø, Thomas Søgaard, Henrik Harpelund, Thomas Jessen, Poul Ernstved, Amdi Brøner, Peter Utzon, Dorte Bach, Jane Stokholm

Light: Hans Sander
CCU: Tom Ludvigsen, Flemming Pedersen, Tim Birk Hansen, Dennis Bruun, Ole Jensen, Erik Lundby, Niels-Jørgen Riisfeldt

TV editing: Henrik Møll
Video editing: Uli Peschke
Colour grading: Jan Hartmann

Production managers: Susan Larsen, Trice Angie Christiansen
Video director: Arne J. Rasmussen
Head of TV Project: Thomas Christensen

Executive producers: Gordon Alsing, Dominik Falenski, Curt Kollavik Jensen
Orchestra managers: Nina Ulf Jørgensen, Henrik Overgaard Kristensen, Jakob Helmer Mørck, Benedikte Artved
Choir manager: Peter G. Tönshoff
Coordination for DNSO: Hans Sørensen, Dominik Falenski
Director of Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Danish National Concert Choir: Kim Bohr

Graphic design: Denise Burt, elevator-design.dk

Photos: © Per Morten Abrahamsen

Distributed by Dacapo Records, www.dacapo-records.dk

Label: DRS (distributed by Dacapo)

Format: DVD (NTSC)

Catalogue Number: 2.110417-22

Barcode: 747313541751

Release month: October 2016

Period: Classical

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5/5 Stars
"Consider this release a testimonial to one of the greats of the musical world and one to treasure and share with your family and friends"
4/5 Stars
'A very welcome and important tribute to a great conductor'
"An excellent release. The real deal without phony interpretations"
Classical CD Review
"Video is exemplary, as is audio, and it is a pleasure to watch this virtuoso orchestra"
Kristeligt Dagblad
5/6 Stars
"This box set should be on every classical music fan's wish list for Christmas."
El País
"Lovingly presented high-quality live audiovisual recordings from Copenhagen that bring Frühbeck back to life and reinforce his memory"

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