Release date 26 May 2017 as a Vinyl Edition
Berlin (19 May 2017) The Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle are releasing their recording of the complete symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven in an exclusive vinyl edition. The recording will be available from 26 May on the orchestra’s own label, Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings, and includes the symphonies on ten vinyl records supplemented by an extensive accompanying book. The recording was made using an audiophile one-point microphone configuration with only one pair of stereo microphones. This microphone arrangement was previously used in the limited vinyl edition of the symphonies of Johannes Brahms which was released in November. Universally acclaimed by the specialist press, it sold out in a very short time. The soloists in Symphony no. 9 are Annette Dasch (soprano), Eva Vogel (mezzo-soprano), Christian Elsner (tenor), Dimitry Ivashchenko (bass) together with the Rundfunkchor Berlin. The edition is available at www.berliner-philharmoniker-recordings.com and from selected retailers.
The two performances of all nine symphonies in the Berlin Philharmonie from which the present recording is taken were the celebrated highlight of the Philharmoniker’s 2015/2016 season. The subsequent five concerts of the complete cycle in the new Philharmonie de Paris, the Musikverein in Vienna, at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo had an overwhelming response.
Olaf Maninger (principal cellist, media chairman and director of Berlin Phil Media): “The wonderful success of our Brahms vinyl edition encouraged us to release the Beethoven cycle with Simon Rattle in the same format. We are delighted by the positive reaction by the vinyl community to such high-quality, audiophile editions. The LP version also gives us the opportunity to release the cycle using a microphone set-up that very authentically conveys the famous acoustics of the Berlin Philharmonie.”