The annual Beethovenfest in Bonn, Germany, has announced details of its 2009 festival, which takes place in September and October and will focus on Beethoven as “the first Romantic artist,” with a complete Beethoven symphony cycle and performances of all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, as well as works by other composers. The symphony cycle will be performed by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, led by Paavo Järvi, who is also music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras scheduled to perform at the festival include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, led by Andris Nelsons; the London Symphony Orchestra, led by Valery Gergiev; the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by Manfred Honeck; the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, led by Gustavo Dudamel; and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, led by Kent Nagano. Also scheduled are a string quartet project, featuring the Pacific, Kuss, and Pavel Haas quartets; two concerts featuring einschoch6—a group of classical musicians, rappers, and pop musicians—in a new interpretation of the “Moonlight Sonata”; and Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, led by John Eliot Gardiner.

Posted May 15, 2009