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The Beethoven for All project

To coincide with the WEDO Summer Tour 2012, Daniel Barenboim and Decca Classics are embarking on an ambitious multi-album Beethoven for All recording project, which includes releases of complete cycles of the composer’s symphonies with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, piano concertos with the Staatskapelle Berlin, and piano sonatas.

When Decca’s Beethoven for All two-disc highlight set and five-disc symphony set were released in the U.S. two weeks ago, they debuted at number one and number three respectively on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart. Individual releases of all nine symphonies have also been mastered especially for iTunes and are now available online.

In preparation for the release, musicians from the WEDO and Daniel Barenboim gave their own personal introductions to each of the Beethoven symphonies that you can find here .

Learn more about Beethoven for All.