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Beethoven: Christus am Olberge & Elegischer Gesang / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic


Release Date: 06/14/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573852  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hanna-Leena HaapamakiJussi MyllysNiklas Spangberg
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic OrchestraChorus Cathedralis Aboensis
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ludwig van Beethoven’s only oratorio Christus am Olberge (‘Christ on the Mount of Olives’) portrays Jesus’ emotional struggles in the garden of Gethsemane before being seized by soldiers and taken for crucifixion. The work has an Italianate form with recitatives, arias and choruses, and its operatic attributes show Christ as a very human figure, a dramatic precursor to the sufferings of Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio. The tender and beautiful Elegischer Gesang is a memorial to the young wife of one of Beethoven’s close friends. Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis has specialized in large scale choral works since the choir’s inception in 1982. Virtually the entire canon of works for choir and orchestra are in the CCA’s repertoire: it has performed Read more requiems by Verdi, Mozart, Faure and Part, as well as Bach’s Passions and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem.

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REVIEW:

Leif Segerstam often conducts quite slowly and very expressively, with beautifully calm passages and drama, especially in the oratorio's final section. Jussi Myllys has a light, soft, but characteristisc voice that is well suited for the role of Christ. The big, creamy, round voice of Hanna-Leena Haapamäki is very flexible. Niklas Spangberg is also a good cast in the role of Peter. The choir is excellent as well.

– Pizzicato (Remy Franck) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hanna-Leena Haapamaki (Soprano), Jussi Myllys (Tenor), Niklas Spangberg (Bass)
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Elegischer Gesang, Op. 118 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 

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