Beethoven's World - Clement: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Reinhard Goebel

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Label: Sony Classical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

Artist: Reinhard Goebel

Composer: Franz Clement (1780-1842)

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  • Franz Clement (1780 - 1842): Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major:
  • 1Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major: I. Allegro maestoso15:22
  • 2Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major: II. Adagio10:41
  • 3Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major: III. Rondo. Allegro11:27
  • Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor:
  • 4Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor: I. Moderato20:16
  • 5Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor: II. Adagio07:25
  • 6Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor: III. Rondo. Allegro06:16
  • Total Runtime01:11:27

Info for Beethoven's World - Clement: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Conductor Reinhard Goebel is one of the most famous personalities of the German classical music world, an "icon of the Early Music" (Süddeutsche Zeitung), an "enlightenment in a sea of mediocrity" (New York Times), a world-renowned mediator of historical performance practice and a never-ending source for repertoire treasures. His Sony Classical recording of the Brandenburg Concertos by Bach with the Berlin Baroque Soloists received worldwide best reviews, an Opus Klassik and is considered a new reference. For Beethoven's anniversary year 2020, "Beethoven's World" now appears as the result of a long-standing research and music project in which Reinhard Goebel explores unknown works by Beethoven and his contemporaries, thereby encouraging a relocation of Beethoven. The present recording is the first album of "Beethoven's World" and features the two violin concertos by Franz Joseph Clement (1780-1842). Clement was considered one of the greatest violin virtuosos of his time and Beethoven (1770-1827) dedicated his Violin Concerto to Clement by writing on the score “Concerto par Clemenza pour Clement” and which can be considered in response to Clement's first Violin Concerto of 1805. The similarities between Clement's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven's Violin Concerto op. 61 are by no means accidental. Rather, they reflect the way in which the two composers could refer directly to one another, tossing balls back and forth with a nod and a wink and sparking creative reactions – a process repeated in reverse in the case of Clement’s Second Violin Concerto in D Minor/D Major that was written only a short time afterwards. Both violin concertos by Franz Clement can be heard on this album for the first time - the second violin concerto is a world premiere recording. The works were recorded by Mirijam Contzen with WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Reinhard Goebel. Fascinating music that allows a different view of the exceptional composer Beethoven.

Mirijam Contzen, violin
WDR Sinfonieorchester
Reinhard Goebel, conductor

Reinhard Goebel
The Süddeutsche Zeitung reveres him as an ‘icon of early music’, and the New York Times applauds him as a ‘light in a sea of mediocrity’. Reinhard Goebel specialises in the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries; As an expounder of period performance practice for both early music ensembles and modern orchestras, and as an endless fount of knowledge about gems of the repertoire, he is a world-renowned specialist.

Reinhard Goebel primarily dedicates the 2019/20 season to his longstanding research and music project Beethoven’s World, in which he examines little-known works of Beethoven and the milieu of his contemporaries in order to encourage a relocation of Beethoven within the axis of music- historical coordinates. A five-part CD cycle with Germany’s leading radio orchestras (WDR, HR, DRP, MRO), including four first-ever recordings, will additionally be released from November 2019 for Sony Classical and accompany extensive touring throughout Europe featuring a variety of programs orbiting Beethoven.

In the forthcoming season Reinhard Goebel will be the Artist in Residence at the Mozart Festival in Würzburg and looks forward to his musical encounters with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Festival Bach in Montréal, the Noord Nederlands Orkest, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Dalasinfoniettan, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Symphony Orchestras in Cologne and Munich and the Russian baroque orchestra Pratum Integrum in Moscow’s newly opened Zaryadye Concert Hall, among others.

In May 2018 he was named artistic director of the Berliner Barock Solisten, a baroque group which emergerd from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Their new recording of the Brandenburg Concertos was awarded with the Opus Klassik 2018. In 2019 Händel’s Concerti Grossi op.3 were released with Hänssler Classic.

Reinhard Goebel was the founder of the legendary Musica Antiqua Köln, whom he directed for 33 years. As a conductor, his unique way of amalgamating passion for music with meticulous musicological knowledge, inspires, captivates and polarises today's orchestral scene.

Reinhard Goebel is the recipient of the Bach-Medaille of the City of Leipzig, which was awarded to him in 2017 among other things for his pioneering and ‘irrepressible exploration of the repertoire beyond the established names’.

In April 2007 the IMA award was conferred on him in London, and in 2015 the BBC Music Magazine chose him to appear on their list of the 20 best violinists of all time.

Booklet for Beethoven's World - Clement: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

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