Notes and Editorial Reviews
BEETHOVEN'S ADAGIOS is a collection comprised primarily of slow movements from the works of the great composer (the exception being the Romance for Violin, offered in its entirety). This two-CD set offers a wide variety of forms with excerpts from symphonies, concertos, chamber works, piano sonatas, as well as 'The Creatures of Prometheus' and the Mass in C major, representing the reflective, introspective, sometimes anguished side of Beethoven--a genius who could express emotions in intensely beautiful music.
The set begins with one of the most famous adagios ever, the plaintive melody from the opening of the 'Moonlight' Sonata, and ranges over a variety of moods and emotions: the wistful melancholy of the 'Pathetique' Sonata, the
understated dignity of the Andante from the Sixth Symphony, and the gentle lyricism of the Violin Sonata No. 5 and the Septet in E flat major. At opposite ends of the spectrum are the gloriously transcendent spirituality of the Kyrie from the Mass in C major and the relentless despair of the Allegretto from the Seventh Symphony. All the selections are rendered in excellent fashion by artists such as Gidon Kremer, Maria-Joao Pires, Sir Neville Marriner, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and provide over two hours of some of Beethoven's most poignant music. Read less
Works on This Recording
Mass in C major, Op. 86: Kyrie by Ludwig van Beethoven
Lilia Bizimeche-Eisinger (Mezzo Soprano),
Audrey Michael (Soprano),
Michel Brodard (Bass),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor)
Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,
Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs.
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