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Beethoven's Adagios


Release Date: 07/18/2000 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 24802   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maria-Joao PiresMalcolm FragerThomas ZehetmairLilia Bizimeche-Eisinger,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel BarenboimTheodor GuschlbauerMichel CorbozThomas Zehetmair,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle OrchestraNew Philharmonia OrchestraGulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 31 Mins. 

Imported from : UNITED KINGDOM   
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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
Read more 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

1.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral": 3rd movement, Adagio molto e cantabile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 18 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring": 2nd movement, Adagio molto espressivo by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Malcolm Frager (Fortepiano), Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral": 2nd movement, Andante molto mosso by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Mass in C major, Op. 86: Kyrie by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Lilia Bizimeche-Eisinger (Mezzo Soprano), Audrey Michael (Soprano), Michel Brodard (Bass),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Corboz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Septet in E flat major, Op. 20: 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Octet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 12 Secs. 
7.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 2nd movement, Largo by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Till Fellner (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61: 2nd movement, Larghetto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2nd movement, Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19: 2nd movement, Adagio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Till Fellner (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto": 2nd movement, Largo by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Armin Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
14.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69: 3rd movement, Adagio cantabile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  János Starker (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
15.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": 2nd movement, Adagio un poco mosso by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: no 7, Adagio/Andante quasi allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
17.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica": 2nd movement, Marcia funebre by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 14 Minutes 46 Secs. 
18.
Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11: 2nd movement, Adagio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, 'Moonlight': I. Adagio sostenuto: Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, 'Moonlight': I. Adagio sostenuto
Symphony No.9 in D minor Op.125, 'Choral' : III Adagio e cantabile - Andante moderato: Beethoven : Symphony No.9 in D minor Op.125, 'Choral' : III Adagio e cantabile - Andante moderato
Violin Sonata No.5 in F major Op.24, 'Spring' : II Adagio molto espressivo: Beethoven : Violin Sonata No.5 in F major Op.24, 'Spring' : II Adagio molto espressivo
Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68, 'Pastoral' : II Andante molto mosso: Beethoven : Symphony No.6 in F major Op.68, 'Pastoral' : II Andante molto mosso
Mass in C major Op.86 : I Kyrie: Beethoven : Mass in C major Op.86 : I Kyrie
Piano Trio No.4 in B flat major Op.11, 'Street Song' : II Adagio: Beethoven : Piano Trio No.4 in B flat major Op.11, 'Street Song' : II Adagio
Septet in E flat major Op.20 : II Adagio cantabile: Beethoven : Septet in E flat major Op.20 : II Adagio cantabile
Romance No.2 in F major Op.50: Beethoven : Romance No.2 in F major Op.50
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37 : II Largo: Beethoven : Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37 : II Largo
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73, 'Emperor' : II Adagio un poco mosso: Beethoven : Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73, 'Emperor' : II Adagio un poco mosso
Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus [The Creatures of Prometheus] Op.43 : V Adagio - Andante quasi allegretto: Beethoven : Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus [The Creatures of Prometheus] Op.43 : V Adagio - Andante quasi allegretto
Violin Concerto in D major Op.61 : II Larghetto: Beethoven : Violin Concerto in D major Op.61 : II Larghetto
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13, 'Pathétique' : II Adagio cantabile: Beethoven : Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13, 'Pathétique' : II Adagio cantabile
Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92 : II Allegretto: Beethoven : Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92 : II Allegretto
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.19 : II Adagio: Beethoven : Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.19 : II Adagio
Triple Concerto in C major Op.56 : II Largo: Beethoven : Triple Concerto in C major Op.56 : II Largo
Cello Sonata No.3 in A major Op.69 : II Adagio cantabile: Beethoven : Cello Sonata No.3 in A major Op.69 : II Adagio cantabile
Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55, 'Eroica' : II Marcia funebre - Adagio assai: Beethoven : Symphony No.3 in E flat major Op.55, 'Eroica' : II Marcia funebre - Adagio assai

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