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Beethoven: Egmont - Reicha: Lenore / Bernius, Albrecht


Release Date: 01/17/2020 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 1903  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenAnton Reicha
Performer:  Ulrich TukurRuth ZiesakPavla VykopalovaCorby Welch,   ... 
Conductor:  Gerd AlbrechtFrieder Bernius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg State Philharmonic OrchestraVirtuosi di PragaPrague Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whereas Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio will remain at home timelessly on all the major stages, of the other stage music by the great composer concert audiences are usually only aware of the relevant overtures. However, the eminently appealing music to Egmont with its beautiful and catchy songs and its energetic and melodious orchestral scores might be considered Beethoven’s most interesting and worthwhile stage music after Fidelio. Reichas dramatic cantata Lenore is the musical setting of the eponymous horror ballad by the German poet Gottfried August Bürger, famous today above all as the author of the tales concerning the Baron of the Lies, Münchhausen. In comparison with Beethoven (who is said greatly to have admired Read more Reicha’s Lenore and even to have recommended it be performed), in musical terms Reicha’s cantata does not point into the future despite all its onomatopoetic effects, but takes its bearings audibly from the epic oratorio style of Reicha’s mentor and friend, Joseph Haydn. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Egmont, Op. 84 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ulrich Tukur (Narrator), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Lenore by Anton Reicha
Performer:  Pavla Vykopalova (Mezzo-soprano), Corby Welch (Tenor), Camilla Nylund (Soprano),
Vladimír Chmelo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi di Praga,  Prague Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 

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