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This week at complete Beethoven symphonies and more!

Emmanuel Krivine and La Chambre Philharmonique will perform the Complete Beethoven Symphonies on period instruments at Paris’s Cité de la Musique on April 14-17.  All nine symphonies – Beethoven’s complete symphonic cycle – will be available for free streaming at, the leading web experience for classical music.  Also available for free streaming this week at will be the Bennewitz Quartet and violist Arnaud Thorette, playing Mozart’s String Quintets Nos. 3 and 5 from Paris’s Auditorium du Louvre.  Like other offerings at the newly re-designed, music lovers can watch this week’s concerts on their home computers, home-entertainment systems, iPads, iPhones, and other digital devices.
Created under the aegis of Emmanuel Krivine, La Chambre Philharmonique is the product of a utopian ideal.  A new type of orchestra, composed of instrumentalists from the finest European ensembles with a common musical purpose, La Chambre Philharmonique places pleasure and discovery at the heart of its musical adventure.  The group’s structure is original, in that conductor and players enjoy equal status and current members choose new players, which helps promote a sense of cohesion.  A project-based ensemble, La Chambre Philharmonique, which debuted in 2004, is also a space for research and exchange.  The size of the ensemble is flexible, bringing together the appropriate players, instruments, and historical techniques for each program.
Krivine and La Chambre Philharmonique have recorded Beethoven’s nine symphonies for the Paris-based label naïve.  A previous release of the partnership’s recording of Beethoven’s Ninth won much kudos.  A reviewer for the Washington Post called it a “poetic and flowing” performance, “its unforced orchestral blending perhaps partly attributable to the use of original instruments but more strongly to the conductor’s skill.”  London’s Independent called it “a refreshing, bold reading.”
Soon after its establishment at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 1998, the Bennewitz Quartet found its way among prominent Czech chamber ensembles.  Named after the famous Czech violinist and teacher Antonin Bennewitz (1833-1926), the young, award-winning quartet has just completed a highly successful U.S. tour.
Upcoming live events at
Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 17
Beethoven: the complete symphonies, Nos. 1-9
Cité de la Musique, Paris
Emmanuel Krivine and La Chambre Philharmonique
Les Eléments Chamber Choir
Christiane Karg, soprano
Carolin Masur, mezzo-soprano
Charles Workman, tenor
Konstantin Wolff, bass
   April 14:  Symphonies Nos. 4 in B-flat and 7 in A (8pm, Paris time)
   April 15:  Symphonies Nos. 2 in D and 6 in F “Pastoral” (8pm, Paris time)
   April 16:  Symphonies Nos. 5 in C minor and 8 in F (4:30pm, Paris time)
   April 16:  Symphonies Nos. 1 in C and 3 in E-flat “Eroica” (8pm, Paris time)
   April 17:  Symphony No. 9 (4:30pm, Paris time)
Friday, April 15
The Bennewitz Quartet with Arnaud Thorette, viola
Mozart: String Quintets Nos. 5 in D, K. 593, and 3 in C, K. 515
Auditorium du Louvre, Paris
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