Beethoven & Barry Vol. 2


The second volume of celebrated pianist, composer and conductor Thomas Adès and the Britten Sinfonia’s collaborative performances of the works of Beethoven and Gerald Barry. Beethoven’s 4th, 5th and 6th symphonies are interspersed with Barry’s ‘Viola Concerto’ (featuring Lawrence Power) and piece for orchestra and bass ‘The Conquest of Ireland’ (featuring Joshua Bloom).

The pairing is ideal, for Gerald Barry’s compositional style was greatly influenced by Beethoven, giving a piece a title such as Beethoven would suggest an attempt at emulating his legacy nearly two centuries after his death. His music also shows his major influence from radio, moving from the sublime and the ridiculous with carefree abandon.


All downloads include booklets.


Britten Sinfonia

Thomas Adès

Joshua Bloom Bass

Lawrence Power Viola

Release date: 23/10/20

Catalogue number: SIGCD639

Barcode: 635212063927

… the most striking orchestral contribution to this year’s anniversary celebrations that’s come my way.Presto Classical

This set cuts pristine interpretations of Beethoven’s early symphonies with Gerald Barry’s 21st-century zesty homage … Adès and the Britten Sinfonia present tightly knit performances [of the Beethoven Symphonies], and dynamic subtleties are largely preserved in the
concert recordings.” BBC Music Magazine

Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60
Ludwig van Beethoven
1. I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Allegro vivace
4. IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Ludwig van Beethoven
5. I. Allegro con brio
6. II. Andante con moto
7. III. Scherzo: Allegro
8. IV. Allegro
9. Viola Concerto – Gerald Barry

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’
Ludwig van Beethoven
1. I. Allegro ma non troppo ‘Awakening of Happy Feelings’
2. II. Andante molto moto ‘Scene by the Brook’
3. III. Allegro ‘Peasants’ Merrymaking’
4. IV. Allegro ‘The Storm’
5. V. Allegretto ‘Shepherds’ Song. Joyous Thanksgiving After the Storm’

6. The Conquest of IrelandGerald Barry

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