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MONTRÉAL’S ORCHESTRE MÉTROPOLITAIN AND YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN PRESENT BEETHOVEN’S 9TH ON DG STAGE


01 SEPTEMBER 2020 (TORONTO, ON)The Orchestre Métropolitain of Montréal (OM), conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label are proud to announce that their performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 will be streaming on DG Stage. The production will round out the first eight symphonies filmed at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’s Bourgie Hall. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of Deutsche Grammophon’s leading artists.

As of September 4, audiences around the world will be able to watch this performance of Beethoven’s final symphony, the composer’s crowning achievement. Beethoven’s 9th, a piece that embodies joy and universal kinship, is brought to life by internationally renowned Canadian soloists: soprano Marianne Fiset, mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, tenor Frédéric Antoun and baritone Russel Braun, and a chorus composed of 24 professional singers. As for the rest of Beethoven’s symphonic repertoire, music lovers will be able to discover—or rediscover—the Montréal-based orchestra and conductor’s rendition of each piece with cutting-edge audiovisuals. Each concert features two symphonies.

Launched by Deutsche Grammophon, DG Stage – The Classical Concert Hall delivers an extraordinary technological and musical experience. Developed by the DG Premium service, it recommends exclusive, custom content available for a limited time, including recitals and live chamber music, symphony and opera concerts. Music lovers can find the biggest names in classical music, including mæstro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who records exclusively under the label. 

It costs 9.90 euros (approximately $15 Canadian) to stream each concert, which will be available for 48 hours after being put online.

These five concerts will be available starting September 4 through the Orchestre Métropolitain and Bourgie Hall websites, or directly on DG Stage.

Mario F. Paquet, a classical music enthusiast and host of the OM’s pre-concert talks, will present each of the nine symphonies in short videos that can be streamed for free on the OM’s website.

Schedule

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9: Starting Friday, September 4 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Beethoven – Symphonies No. 7 and 8: Starting Friday, September 11 at 2 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. CEST
Beethoven – Symphonies No. 5 and 6: Starting Friday, September 18 at 2 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. CEST
Beethoven – Symphonies No. 3 and 4: Starting Friday, September 25 at 2 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. CEST
Beethoven – Symphonies No. 1 and 2: Starting Friday, October 2 at 2 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. CEST

Touching hearts at a safe distance

During recording sessions, all necessary measures were taken to ensure the safety of OM musicians, soloists, singers, technicians and the limited number of office staff who were on site. This included making sure that no one was exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, physical distancing of 2 meters, restricted access to the hall, one-way corridors, disinfection of the site and masks required when moving around the hall.

More about the Orchestre Métropolitain

Since it was founded in 1981, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal has been dedicated to showcasing Canadian artists, including instrumentalists, soloists, composers, singers and conductors. Over the last 20 years, the OM has grown alongside its artistic director and principal conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, whose career continues to reach new heights. Having developed an exceptional bond with his musicians, the conductor has led many memorable—and sometimes adventurous—musical performances. Last September, the OM announced that it had renewed Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s contract for life.

More about Deutsche Grammophon

Among the most prestigious names in international classical music since it was founded in 1898, Deutsche Grammophon has always promoted the highest standards in artistic creation and sound quality. Having worked with some of the greatest artists of all time, the famous yellow label has been a favourite among music lovers around the world looking for exceptional new performances, audio recordings and visual productions. To foster the development of a new musical repertoire, Deutsche Grammophon supports and encourages a wide range of popular contemporary artists and eminent composers. The label is also extremely proud to use the latest digital technology, allowing it to bring music to audiences in all four corners of the globe.

The Deutsche Grammophon catalogue includes some of the greatest artists in contemporary and classical music today, including Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Elīna Garanča, Hélène Grimaud, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Andris Nelsons, Anna Netrebko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Murray Perahia, Maurizio Pollini, Grigory Sokolov, Bryn Terfel, Daniil Trifonov, Rolando Villazón, Krystian Zimerman as well as Joep Beving, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Dustin O’Halloran, Agnes Obel, Víkingur Ólafsson and Max Richter. In addition, the label’s catalogue contains the cultural legacy of many generations of mæstros. This includes some of the most remarkable artists in music history including Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Vladimir Horowitz, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Mstislav Rostropovich and Andrés Segovia.

Acknowledgements

The Orchestre Métropolitain would like to give special thanks to its official partner, Hydro-Québec.

This online concert series is presented by TD Bank Group.

This initiative is presented as part of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’s Exploration and Digital Deployment program.

We also want to thank our public partners: the Government of Quebec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Ville de Montréal.

More about the Orchestre Métropolitain: www.orchestremetropolitain.com