Sony Classical released the Teodor Currentzis version of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on April 3, but only online.
In the thick of Covid lockdown, it received limited attention. No date has yet been given for releasing the physical product. Could Sony be having second thoughts?
The tempi are suicidal and the fermata so abrupt they might have been guillotined.
You can experience samples of the symphony below or listen to the whole work on Idagio here.
Admirers of Currentzis at his most provocative, impulsive and downright f-u are already comparing him to Furtwängler. Myself, I find the Andante aesthetically offensive and the rest mostly annoying.
I see there was a grumpy Gramophone review.
See what you think.