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Beethoven: Overtures / Harding, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie


Release Date: 11/02/1999 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 45364   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Daniel Harding’s debut recording with the German Chamber Philharmonic, of which he is now music director, includes all four of the overtures Beethoven composed for his opera Fidelio, as well as Coriolan, Egmont, Prometheus and The Ruins of Athens. Comparing the three Leonore overtures, with their various structural preoccupations, is a fascinating experience. The finest, and best known, of them is surely No. 3 – one of the most thrilling of all Beethoven’s orchestral scores. Mahler, Furtwängler and Klemperer were among conductors who attempted to restore it to the opera house, inserting it rather uneasily between the two scenes of the second act; but it is a piece that rightfully belongs to the concert hall. Harding’s performance is Read more very impressive indeed, with a sustained, mysterious account of the slow introduction, and an Allegro that generates admirable energy. No less successful are the two companion-pieces; and of the remaining overtures here, only the fatalistic tread of the opening bars of the Egmont Overture seems to call for greater weight. Anyone attracted by this programme need not hesitate to explore this fine disc.

-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4.
Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
7.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Gutsscheune Stuhr-Varrel, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Coriolan Op. 62
Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72
Egmont Op. 84: Overture
Leonore Overture No. 2 Op. 72a
Der Geschöpfe des Prometheus Op. 43: Overture
Leonore Overture No. 1 Op. 138
Overture from Die Ruinen von Athen Op. 113
Overture from Fidelio Op. 72

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