Jordi Savall might not be the first conductor you’d think of to bring you Beethoven symphonies, but with a musical curiosity that covers centuries and a musicianship to match, he doesn’t disappoint. Supplementing his splendid group, Le Concert des Nations, with a host of young players, he gives galvanizing accounts of these five symphonies. Shorn of the final four, the music offers a very different experience as we follow the huge steps from No. 1 to No. 5. Savall’s Beethoven is light on its toes, wonderfully witty, punchy, and very satisfying. Highlights are No. 1 and No. 3, but this part-journey offers many thrills.
Symphonie No. 2 en Ré majeur, Op. 36
I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
III. Scherzo Allegro - Trio
IV. Allegro molto
Symphonie No. 3 en Mi bémol majeur, Op. 55 "Eroica"
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia Funebre Adagio assai - Maggiore
III. Scherzo Allegro vivace - Trio - Alla breve - Coda
IV. Finale Allegro molto - Poco Andante - Presto
Symphonie No. 4 en Si bémol majeur, Op. 60
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
III. Allegro molto e vivace - Trio Un poco meno allegro - Tempo I - Un poco m
IV. Allegro ma non troppo