Great reviews for the West-Eastern Divan’s new recording
This CD was recorded live in concert at the Philharmonie in Berlin in September 2006 by the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and in the presence of the German chancellor, Mrs Angela Merkel. The programme of this recording is Beethoven Symphony No.9 which includes the famous Friedrich Schiller “Ode an die Freude” set to music in the last movement – a particularly apt choice for this ground-breaking orchestra.
David Cairns, in The Sunday Times
, praised this ‘glowing, heartfelt performance’ full of ‘power and beauty’ – his full review can be read here
. Anthony Holden of The Observer
stated, ‘the words of Schiller’s ‘Ode to Joy’ can rarely have carried as much resonance as in this noble version of Beethoven’s last symphony, symbolic of this orchestra’s aspirations’. His full review can be read here