Currentzis and musicAeterna at the Proms: 'It was daring and exhilarating'

Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna gave the audience a performance to remember last weekend at the BBC Proms, bringing exhilarating and enlightened performances of Beethoven's second and fifth symphonies.

"Throughout this all-Beethoven Prom – the Second and Fifth Symphonies, with the finale of the Seventh as encore – we get playing of an intensity that makes the music seem somehow Beethoven-plus; more Beethoven than ever before." - The Guardian

"If music is meant to feed our curiosity and to invigorate us, then musicAeterna's debut Prom was a thrilling success...his audacity and his musicians' virtuosity was exhilarating." - The Times

"What was more impressive was the way [Currentzis] controlled extremes of volume, achieving a spectacular transparency of detail... The encore — Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony finale — was, indeed, played very, very fast. It was daring and exhilarating, the players all but dancing on the spot. That’s what encores are for." - Evening Standard

"The high voltage results Currentzis draws from this Russian orchestra are truly electrifying... What is remarkable is the playing itself – musicAeterna's Beethoven may come across as rough-hewn, but their tuning is excellent." - bachtrack