Introduction by Kent Nagano
It was for a “new humanity” that Beethoven composed his music, and in it he saw his duty as an artist and the ultimate truth of his art. The idea of this new humanity, a new society and a new way forward, inspired him and dictated the inner programmatics of his musical thoughts even as they emerged from his pen. This is especially true of his nine symphonies.
Kent Nagano is renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance and intelligence. He is equally at home in music of the classical, romantic and contemporary eras, introducing concert and opera audiences throughout the world to new and rediscovered music and offering fresh insights into established repertoire.