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Beethoven: Prometheus / Petrou, Armonia Atenea


Release Date: 07/29/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002099302  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One might be surprised to see a historical-instrument performance of Beethoven's rarely danced and rarely performed ballet The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43, appearing on the major Decca label. The explanation lies in the fast rise of the Greek ensemble Armonia Atenea and conductor George Petrou, who have released several acclaimed operatic recordings, mostly featuring music of the Baroque era. The Creatures of Prometheus may be an unexpected career move, but its sequence of dramatic gestures isn't foreign to Petrou's skill set, and he's actually had the sense to realize that this work would benefit more than most from historical-instrument treatment. Petrou envisions the ballet as a sort of dry run for the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. Read more 36; and Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 ("Eroica"), both of which it has connections with. In the small ensemble he accentuates the trombones, whose lines emerge as frameworks for some of the ideas in the symphonies and other works of the period when Beethoven's style began to expand its general dimensions. The result is an unusually exciting reading of a work usually regarded as second-class Beethoven. With clear sound from Athens' Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, this is a recommended fresh addition to the Beethoven literature.

– James Manheim, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

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Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: Overtura. Adagio - Allegro molto con brio
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: Introduzione. La Tempesta. Allegro non troppo
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.1 Poco Adagio
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.2 Adagio - Allegro con brio
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.3 Allegro vivace
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.4 Maestoso - Andante
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.5 Adagio - Andante quasi Allegretto
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.6 Un poco Adagio - Allegro
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.7 Grave
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.8 Allegro con brio
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.9 Adagio
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.10 Pastorale. Allegro
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.11 Coro di Gioja. Andante
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.12 Solo di Gioja. Maestoso - Adagio
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.13 Terzettino. Grotteschi. Allegro
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.14 Solo della Signora Cassentini. Andante - Adagio
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.15 Coro (e) Solo di Viganò. Andantino - Adagio
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: No.16 Finale. Allegretto

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