"Beethoven’s music is universal… Everywhere in the world – it speaks to all people." – Daniel Barenboim
Beginning this month, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra release Beethoven for All, a comprehensive recording of Beethoven’s symphonies, piano concertos, and piano sonatas on Decca Classics. The release is part of Barenboim and the WEDO’s wider Beethoven for All project, which seeks to bring Beethoven’s message of common humanity to audiences across the world. The all-embracing project includes a world tour, which began in August 2010 in Buenos Aires and will span four continents by 2013, and a major recording release that features performances by the WEDO, the Staatskapelle Berlin, and Barenboim himself at the keyboard.
The Decca Classics collection of all nine symphonies is now available. The album will be released in Japan this September. Individual albums of the symphonies, piano sonatas, piano concertos, and the highlights collection will be available in the coming months. The concertos will be available beginning in July, and the sonatas will be released beginning in August. A Beethoven highlights collection will be released in the UK on July 23 and in Australia July 13.
All of the Beethoven for All releases will be available to download from iTunes in a new, high-quality format – "Mastered for iTunes."
Beethoven for All on tour
For the 2012 leg of the Beethoven for All tour, Barenboim and the WEDO will perform in Munich, Versailles, Berlin, and London. As part of the London 2012 Festival, they perform all of Beethoven’s symphonies in a week-long string of concerts at the legendary Royal Albert Hall beginning July 20 and culminating in a final concert on July 27, when Barenboim and the WEDO perform Beethoven’s magnificent Ninth Symphony on the opening day of the 2012 Olympic Games. The WEDO is the first non-BBC orchestra to perform at the Proms.
In a world that faces cultural discord and political revolution, this comprehensive Beethoven collection promises to bring the spirit of optimism and shared humanity embodied in the Bonn master’s music to audiences around the globe.