Disk of 2024
Washington National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gianandrea Noseda - CD Review, January 22nd and 23rd, 2024
I. Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 2 Op. 36 in D major
II. Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 in A major
Debut album, released on December 1st, 2023
In 2022, the National Symphony Orchestra based at the Kennedy Center in Washington started an ambitious project consisting in the complete printing of the nine symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven. The famous North American ensemble thus continues a rich discographic tradition which started in 1970. The first disc from the new collection printed under the baton of conductor Gianandrea Noseda appeared in September 2022, including Symphonies No. 1 and 3 by Beethoven, the second CD includes Symphonies No. 4 and 5 that we broadcast on Radio România Muzical last year in fall, and on December 1st a new album was released, and in February the last recording will appear, the one with the 9th Symphony from the collection dedicated to The Washington Orchestra of the complete Beethoven Symphony.
The second-last album in this series, the one released in December includes Beethoven's 2nd and 7th Symphonies, recorded live in the concert hall of the Kennedy Center in Washington. The disc has already been noted by the prestigious publication BBC Music Magazine which rightly appreciates the strength of interpretation, energy and eloquence of the Washington Symphony Orchestra.
In the Second Symphony Op. 36 in D major created by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1803 in Heiligenstadt and dedicated to Prince Karl Lichnowsky, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra gives us a delightful, sober and graceful performance in the first two movements, with exciting rhythms and lively instrumental dialogues in the fast Scherzo movements and Allegro molto, under the direction of the charismatic conductor Gianandrea Noseda. The same exuberance in the Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1812 and dedicated to Count Moritz von Fritz. The dynamism of the piece and its optimistic spirit are highlighted in the interpretation of the Washington National Symphony Orchestra masterfully conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
One of the most important ensembles in North America, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1931, among its musical directors over time being the conductors Antal Dorati, Leonard Slatkin and Christoph Eschenbach. Since 2017, the ensemble has been led by the renowned conductor Gianandrea Noseda, appreciated both in the symphonic and opera repertoire, currently general music director of the Zurich Opera, principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington. In 2020, this valuable orchestra established its own record label, for which it has so far recorded the 9th Symphony by Antonin Dvorak, the complete Symphonies by George Walker and the 9 Symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven.