Beethoven for all is a project of Daniel Barenboim, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Decca Classics.
"Beethoven's musicis universal," says Daniel Barenboim. "Everywhere in the world -- it speaks to all people." For that reason the master's symphonies are a central focus with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. A live recording from August 2011 in the Cologne Philharmonie will appear in June as a 5-CD box on Decca Classics. This all-embracing project also includes a world tour covering four continents, which already began in August 2010 at the legendary Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
In 2012 the orchestra will tour Europe with their Beethoven, beginning on 10 July with a performance at the Munich Philharmonie and concluding on 2 August in Salzburg. Other high-points of the tour will include appearances at Berlin's legendary Waldbühne, in Madrid and Paris as well as performances of all nine symphonies at the BBC Proms in London. Decca Classics has declared 2012, in the course of which Daniel Barenboim will celebrate his 70th birthday, as a Beethoven Year and will release the Nine Symphonies in conjunction with the orchestra's tour.
To make the emotional power of Beethoven's music accessible to everyone, that is the aim -- Beethoven for all.