"A feast for the ears, not only for hard-core jazz fans, but for all those who love music." (Thomas Quasthoff)
With "Mein Beethoven" Ilg, along with his perfectly harmonising trio, demonstrates that he is not about gimmicky "jazz goes classic" crossover music, but about taking the originals and somehow making them his own. His incorruptible eye for the essence, his mastery of making the monumental sensual and human, is impressive. Is it jazz? Or is it not simply wonderful music, enchanting, flowing, dreaming, condensing, singing, relating, grooving….? It is a synthesis that will make Ilg's "Mein Beethoven" your Beethoven.
"A feast for the ears, not only for hard-core jazz fans, but for all those who love music." (Thomas Quasthoff) "Mein Beethoven" is the logical next step for Dieter Ilg. His last album "Parsifal" – a chamber-jazz interpretation of Richard Wagner's sacred festival work, which Focus magazine called a "highlight in the Richard Wagner Year 2013" – closed with a whispered theme from Beethoven's Ninth ("Ode to Joy"), retitled "Sehnsucht" (Longing) by Ilg. Now he has satisfied that yearning and recorded an entire album, "Mein Beethoven", dedicated to this Olympian of German classical music, the most classical of all our composers, the one-time "superstar of the music capital Vienna": Ludwig van Beethoven. The choice to do so was not only logical in vi...line up
Produced by Dieter Ilg
Executive Producer: Siggi Loch
Recorded by Adrian von Ripka, September 1 & 2, 2014 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg
Mixed by Adrian von Ripka. Mastered by Christoph Stickel at MSM
Cover art by Markus Lüpertz, Beethoven (2010 - 2011), by permission of the artist