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Beethoven: Complete Overtures / Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra


Release Date: 04/12/2005 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 578310   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The performance of Leonore Overture No. 3 tells you what to expect: the wonderfully flowing introduction, organically related to the tempo of the ensuing allegro, establishes a chamber-music-like balance between strings and winds. Brass and timpani cut through clearly, but never forcefully. The main body of the movement is fleet and graceful, yet also lacking in rhetorical emphasis and the kind of grandeur that many listeners prefer. David Zinman clearly takes his cues from the period-instrument crowd, but he also takes advantage of modern timbral smoothness to achieve singularly beautiful results. While you may not like the comparative dearth of weight, there's no question that the orchestra fully realizes his approach, and it is Read more excellently recorded to boot.


It goes almost without saying that the lighter works, such as Leonore No. 1, Prometheus, King Stephan, and The Ruins of Athens respond particularly well, but there are surprises too. The Fidelio Overture, for example, is both eruptive and powerful. So is this swift rendition of Coriolan (which almost always sounds better the faster it goes), and Zinman delivers a terrifically buoyant and joyous Consecration of the House. Egmont and the two big Leonore overtures (that is, Nos. 2 and 3) could pack a bigger punch, but heard in context what Zinman does with them makes perfect sense. Indeed, these two discs, totaling about 88 minutes of music, work very well as a coherent program. The bottom line: this is Beethoven easy on the ear, but never dull. It won't rock your world, but it will keep you consistently entertained, and that's no small achievement in itself.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
2. Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
3. Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
4. Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
5. Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
6. King Stephan, Op. 117: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
7. Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
8. Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
9. Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
10. Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
11. Zur Namensfeier Overture, Op. 115 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814-1815; Vienna, Austria 

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