Yannick to stream live Beethoven cycle on DG site

Yannick to stream live Beethoven cycle on DG site


norman lebrecht

July 09, 2020

He’s doing it with his third orchestra, the one that’s local to his home.

Montréal, July 9, 2020 – The Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (OM), their conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label are proud to be on the new DG Stage online portal this summer. Joining an impressive roster of internationally renowned artists, the OM will stream Beethoven’s first 8 symphonies, recorded at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’s Bourgie Hall.



  • V. Lind says:

    I doubt Yannick would characterise Orchestre Métropolitaine as his “third” orchestra.

    • Barry says:

      You are probably right, but in normal (non-virus) times, he does spend far less time with them than the Met/NY and Philadelphia.

    • The View from America says:

      More correctly his “first” orchestra — at least chronologically.

    • Hal Sacks says:

      The Rotterdam Philharmonic and The Chamber Orchestra of Europe are still on his future agenda. He loves all his orchestras and the feelings are mutual.

  • Jay says:

    What a rip off……another Beethoven cycle !!

    • Emil says:

      Two things:
      1- this was not designed for DG. The OM announced the project and then DG signed on.
      2- YNS is still contracted to record the symphonies with the COE next year (should have been this year). So this is not meant for commercial release other than the streaming.

      So, yeah, it’s “another” Beethoven cycle, but it was designed for a largely domestic market (Québec), where there are significant constraints concerning the size of the orchestra that can fit in the hall and the availability of scores, etc. And as it was designed for a domestic – not commercial – release, we can’t really blame the orchestra for going with something most mass-market, as opposed to rarities.

      • jay says:

        It’s the reason the art is going down the tubes.Same old same old and the audience
        turning it all into a social event with familiar background mass -market music.You can blame the conductor .

  • Arthur Kaptainis says:

    First chronologically. By analogy with a firstborn, the OM can quite properly be called his first orchestra.

  • Bratsche Brat says:

    Cyclus interruptus

    • Nicolas says:

      Well if your comment (I like it) is about the fact that cycle stop with the 8th symphony, we must mention:
      – That actuals restrictions make difficult to fit a choir in the Salle Bourgie, which have been designed for recitals and chamber music. In fact, they play in the seats area (don’t worry: seats have been removed)
      – Le Devoir’s Music Critic Christophe Huss report this morning that they try to find a solution to add the 9th following the DG partnership and New instructions of Public Health Director.

  • aryn7654@hotmail.com says:

    Beggars can’t be choosers.

  • NYMike says:

    COVID stopped him from doing a complete Beethoven cycle with Philadelphia both there and at Carnegie Hall this past spring.