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Beethoven: Funeral Cantata; Schumann, Pfitzner / Thielemann


Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459062  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenHans PfitznerRobert Schumann
Performer:  William ShimellCharlotte MargionoPeter BlakeLaurence Davies,   ... 
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper ChorusBerlin Deutsche Oper OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

With his opera Palestrina staged at Covent Garden recently, Hans Pfitzner is very much flavour of the moment. Christian Thielemann, here making his recording debut with DG, has made his music something of a calling-card. Pfitzner may not be nearly as well-known as his contemporary and rival, Richard Strauss, but this splendid disc should go some way in showing that, despite his reputation as a founder of the Nazis’ cultural creed, his music has a value of its own. The preludes to Palestrina make an affecting trio: the ethereal first prelude is beautifully poised here, while the second is stunningly energetic and vivid and the last poignantly melancholic.

-- Matthew Rye, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the Pfitzner
Read more selections, originally released on DG 449571


Nourished by a century of German Romantic aesthetic and performance tradition, Thielemann’s vision is consuming, as is his attention to detail, weight and attack. The Philharmonia has rarely played like this since the days of Karajan and Klemperer: the sound and recording (All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London) is magnificent... the rarely heard Konzertstück for four horns [is] brilliantly dispatched...

-- Ates Orga, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the Schumann, originally released on DG 453482


...the Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, of which Brahms remarked, when the manuscript resurfaced almost a century later, "it is Beethoven through and through."

-- BBC Radio 3 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Cantata on the death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William Shimell (Baritone), Charlotte Margiono (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Bonn, Germany 
2. Palestrina: Act 1 Prelude by Hans Pfitzner
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1915; Germany 
3. Palestrina: Act 2 Prelude by Hans Pfitzner
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1915; Germany 
4. Concertstück for 4 Horns and Orchestra in F major, Op. 86 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Peter Blake (French Horn), Laurence Davies (French Horn), Nigel Black (French Horn),
Laurence Rogers (French Horn)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 

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