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Beethoven: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II; Symphony No. 2

Beethoven / Matthews / Mumford / Banks / Thomas
Release Date: 11/12/2013 
Label:  San Francisco Symphony   Catalog #: 58   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sally MatthewsTamara MumfordBarry BanksAndrew Foster-Williams
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony OrchestraSan Francisco Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This powerful new recording from Michael Tilson-Thomas and the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony and Chorus pairs Beethoven's colossal Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with his playful, upbeat Symphony No. 2. Rarely performed or recorded, Beethoven's gripping and profoundly moving funeral cantata proved a revelation during the Symphony's May 2013 Beethoven Project concert series. The recording features a glorious solo quartet – soprano Sally Matthews, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Barry Banks and bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams. Presented as a premium quality hybrid multi-channel SACD, this album is the latest addition to the San Francisco Symphony's ongoing series of Beethoven recordings. This powerful new recording from Michael Tilson-Thomas and the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony and Chorus pairs Beethoven's colossal Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with his playful, upbeat Symphony No. 2. Rarely performed or recorded, Beethoven's gripping and profoundly moving funeral cantata proved a revelation during the Symphony's May 2013 Beethoven Project concert series. The recording features a glorious solo quartet – soprano Sally Matthews, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Barry Banks and bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams. Presented as a premium quality hybrid multi-channel SACD, this album is the latest addition to the San Francisco Symphony's ongoing series of Beethoven recordings. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Cantata on the death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sally Matthews (Soprano), Tamara Mumford (Mezzo Soprano), Barry Banks (Tenor),
Andrew Foster-Williams (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Bonn, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Rousing Beeethoven December 3, 2013 By Joseph Lieber, MD (Great Neck, NY) See All My Reviews "MTT and the SFS continue to impress in a rarely heard Beethoven work. The Cantata is both mournful and majestice with a superb chorus, soloists and orchestra. the emotions and majesty are there to behold in this beautiful recording. The symphony number 2 comes across with appropriate gusto and build up. The orchestral forces paly beautifully and the interperation is old school (which for me is so nice to hear). Get this especailly to hear the Cantata." Report Abuse
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