Beethoven & Barry Vol. 1


The highly anticipated recording of Thomas Adès and the Britten Sinfonia playing Beethoven and Barry; specifcally the Beethoven Symphony Cycle and a selection of Barry’s works. This CD features Beethoven’s first three symphonies, interspersed with Barry’s piece Beethoven and his Piano Concerto.

Beethoven intended to stake his claim to be the rightful successor to the Viennese classical tradition with the first of his symphonies, premiered in 1800. He had already began to lose his hearing by this point, and when he composed his second symphony, he placed on the page his spirit of defiance and determination against his deafness. The third marks a significant turning point in his style, as well as in the framwork of how a symphony was expected to be composed.

Gerald Barry grew up in rural Ireland. His music shows us how his upbringing had an effect on his compositional style – giving a piece a title such as Beethoven would suggest an attempt at emulating his legacy nearly two centuries after his death. Do not be fooled by this however; his music shows his major influence from radio, moving from the sublime and the ridiculous with carefree abandon.


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Thomas Adès

Britten Sinfonia

Mark Stone Baritone

Nicolas Hodges Piano

Release date: 17/04/20

Catalogue number: SIGCD616

Barcode: 635212061626

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
1. I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
2. II. Andante cantabile con moto
3. III. Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace
4. IV. Finale. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
Ludwig van Beethoven
5. I. Adagio molto – Allegro con bio
6. II. Larghetto
7. III. Scherzo. Allegro
8. IV. Allegro molto

Gerald Barry (b. 1952)
9. Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 ‘Eroica’
Ludwig van Beethoven
1. I. Allegro con brio
2. II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai
3. III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
4. IV. Finale. Allegro molto

Gerald Barry
5. Piano Concerto

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