For the first time, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Chief Conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, is going to release all nine Beethoven Symphonies as CD box with the orchestra. The recording is also the culmination of their numerous CD recordings within their eight-year collaboration.
The CD box will be released on 12 April 2019 by Profil Edition Hänssler.
Jukka-Pekka Saraste about this recording at the end of his chief conductor era with the WDR Symphony Orchestra: “I always wanted to do the cycle of Beethoven symphonies with an orchestra that I know really well, as bringing out the individual character and emotional life of each symphony needs a long and close relationship between the orchestra and conductor. In the WDR Symphony Orchestra I had such a partner and the whole process of working on these symphonies was an extremely exciting experience.”