As part of the Ludwig van Beethoven Year 2020 – the 250th anniversary of the birth of the German-born Viennese master -, the Compagnia di Punto has made a recording of his first three symphonies. How is this special?
A remarkable aspect of this recording is that Beethoven’s symphonies, today considered as untouchable and virtually sacred monuments, are here performed by the Compagnia di Punto in arrangements realized by Beethoven’s contemporaries for a chamber ensemble made up of only ten instrumentalists. While this may be considered an affront to some purists, this recording will be welcomed by classical music fans with an open mind as an absolute rarity. On one hand, original arrangements of famous works reveal how loosely the “musical pantheon” could be treated during Beethoven’s time; on the other hand, they manage to cast a completely new light on musical works that are known inside out. With exceptional works such as Beethoven’s symphonies, this is an especially rewarding undertaking. Nominated for an OPUS Klassik 2020 in the category “Ensemble/Orchestra of the year”!
„An outstanding ensemble gives us a new perspective on Beethoven’s symphonies.“
NDR Kultur, 21.02.2020
„The presence of mind and vitality of nine fantastically motivated players sweep the listener into the symphonic chamber music of yesteryear…“
Süddeutschen Zeitung, 02.02.2020
„Fazit: Auf jeden Fall spannend!“
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with Nicolas Altstaedt, artistic direction & cello
The idea for this chamber music pastiche arose in close connection with Compagna di Punto’s second CD “Trovatello”. Reports by Rosetti’s contemporaries, quotations from letters and excerpts from the novella “Concert spirituel” by Hans Joachim Schädlich illuminate the mystery of Rosetti in many facets.
The young Count of Oettingen-Wallerstein does not yet suspect the identity of the robbed and helpless man he finds in a forest near his castle in 1773, nor that he himself is only a year away from an event that would plunge him into deepest mourning and his famous court orchestra into complete uncertainty. Soon enough, this foundling as Antonio Rosetti is at the helm of this same court chapel of Oettingen-Wallerstein and remains loyal to the count through all turmoil. With sounds and words, Compagnia di Punto tells of two fates interwoven in a special way, against the backdrop of which a music of its very own colour has been created.
A. Rosetti (Arr. G. Punto): Quintet in F major
J. Fiala: Quintet in E flat major
W. A. Mozart: Quartet in D major, K. 285
J. A. Amon: Quartet No. 2, Op. 109
A. Rosetti: Sextett in D major Murray B24
J. A. Amon: Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 110
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The Compagnia die Punto plays Beethoven’s, Mozart’s and Haydn’s symphonies on period instruments in chamber music format, arranged by contemporaries Carl Friedrich Ebers and Ferdinand Ries. The symphonies can be combined at will or supplemented with other works by Beethoven for small ensembles.
L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21, edited by Karl Friedrich Ebers (1770-1836)
L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 38, edited by Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838)
L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, edited by Carl Friedrich Ebers
L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” in F major, Op. 68
W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
J. Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E flat major, Hob. I:99
J. Haydn: Symphony No. 101 ” The clock” in D major, Hob. I:101
A. Rosetti: Sinfonie G major Murray A41
A. Rosetti: Sinfonie F major Murray A35
A. Rosetti: Sinfonie C major Murray A3
Additional works by Beethoven: Serenade for flute, violin and viola Op. 25, Sextett Op. 81b (2 horns and piano), Horn Sonata