Russian orchestra’s daylong Beethoven symphony marathon sets Guinness record

Posted on: January 2, 2018

“A concert where the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sergey Stadler performed all the nine symphonies by Beethoven in one day has entered the Guinness World Records,” reads a Wednesday (12/27) report in the Russian news agency TASS. “The music marathon that carried on for 8 hours and 3 minutes has gone down in history as ‘the longest philharmonic concert with a program consisting of the works of just one composer in the rendition of a single orchestra under the baton of one conductor.’ The event took place on November 26, 2017, at the stage of the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella…. Sergei Stadler [said] the concert merely continued the tradition of autumn music marathons that appeared in 2014 when six symphonies by Tchaikovsky were performed on a single day. The success of that concert inspired Stadler and his orchestra’s musicians to continue the project. In 2015, they performed Brahms in the same format and a year later, Mozart…. He founded the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in December 2013. It has performed at the largest concert floors in the city, as well as at large international functions, festivals, and forums.”

Posted January 2, 2018