Harnoncourt’s final recordingmain
Sony are rush-releasing Beethoven’s 4th and 5th symphonies with the Concentus Musicus as ‘the last recording made by the great conductor,’ who announced his retirement in December 2015.
In the booklet note, Harnoncourt declares that Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 has been completely misunderstood. He believes it has nothing to do with destiny, but tells the story of “the revolt of the masses”. He understands this symphony as Beethoven’s greatest political statement.