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Beethoven: German Dances


Release Date: 02/15/1994 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550433   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Viennese Dances (11), WoO 17 "Mödlinger Tänze" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1989 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 20 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Contradances (12), WoO 14 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1989 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 13 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
German Dances (12) for Orchestra, WoO 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1989 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 18 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Minuets (12) for Orchestra, WoO 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 6/1989 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 27 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 This is Beethoven? January 24, 2014 By James Carleton (Port Hueneme, CA) See All My Reviews "For those to whom the name 'Beethoven' means the 3rd or 9th Symphony, the last piano sonatas, the Leonore Overtures, the 'Emperor' piano concerto, and other giant scores, it can come as something of a shock to listen to these sets of dances. Yet the young Beethoven, and even the mature one, had an understanding of, even (at times) an appreciation for, the courtly milieu, and the dances which were so much a part of it. Not to mention the dances of the middle and even lower classes, with which he was often far more comfortable. Not only that, but he sometimes experiments with certain combinations of instruments, or certain harmonizations, which fore-echo later works. And there are melodies which we have heard elsewhere: check out #7 of the set of Contredances; amazing to hear this oft-used melody in a format clearly meant to be danced to. No surprise that it was used in 'The Creatures of Prometheus', which was composed at about the same time as these dances. As for this recording, it is elegant (occasionally rather too much so, as in the Mödlinger Dances), mostly well-paced, spritely played, with just the right timpani levels to accentuate the beat. Miking seems to be very even, such that no one group of instruments drowns out any other. Considering the generosity of the disc (at 78 minutes, there is no more room at all), the price, and the obvious pleasure that the Capella has in playing this music, it is a real bargain. It must be said, however, that after a half-hour or so, this music tends to get a tad tedious. And then here comes a wonderful Janissary effect in the 10th German Dance, and boredom is dispelled :-D Even in his youth, with simple materials, Beethoven truly was a genius." Report Abuse
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