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Beethoven: Egmont, Ruins Of Athens / Davies, Gessendorf, Andrews, St. Luke's


Release Date: 10/04/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 31555   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mechthild GessendorfRoger Andrews
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke'sNew York Choral Artists
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The repackaging by EMI of Beethoven’s complete incidental music for Egmont and The Ruins of Athens – second-drawer Ludwig but still beguiling – was originally recorded in 1989 by Dennis Russell Davies with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, two vocal soloists, and Joseph Hummerfelt’s Choral Arts in the Manhattan Center. It is altogether commendable with two caveats: The program book prints Richard Freed’s annotations and texts for the songs and choruses in tiny, red-papaya type on a pumpkin-colored background, while perhaps the same two “redesigners” added “London Symphony Orchestra” right above Davies’ name on the contents page. Otherwise, the credits (in dying-grass green on that same pumpkin-colored background) seem not to list any Read more re-recording of what are admirably sonorous originals, spiritedly conducted, played and sung.

-- classicalcdreview.com [10/2005]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Egmont, Op. 84 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mechthild Gessendorf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 35 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/25/1989 - 10/26/1989) 
2.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Roger Andrews (Baritone), Mechthild Gessendorf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York, NY 
Length: 39 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Manhattan Center, New York, NY (10/25/1989 - 10/26/1989) 

Sound Samples

Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): Overture
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 1, Die Trommel geruhret
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 2, Entr'acte I (Andante)
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 3, Entr'acte II (Larghetto)
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 4, Freudvoll und leidvoll
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 5, Entr'acte III (Allegro)
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 6, Entr'acte IV (Poco sostenuto e risoluto)
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 7, Clarechen's Death
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 8, Melodrama
Incidental Music for Goethe's "Egmont," Op. 84 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 9, Symphony of Victory
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: Overture
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 1, Tochter des machtigen Zeus
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 2, Ohne Verschulden
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 3, Chorus of Dervishes
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 4, Marcia all turca
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 5, Music behind the Scene (Assai allegro ma non troppo)
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 6, March & Schuckt die Altare
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 7, Wir tragen empfangliche Herzen
Incidental Music for Kotzebue's "Die Ruinen von Athen," Op. 113: No. 8, Heil unserm Konig

Customer Reviews

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 ANOTHER ONE i FINALLY GOT AROUND TO... November 20, 2015 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "And a juicy one it is. Maybe it's not what one might call top-drawer Beethoven, but Beethoven it is, and a delight to listen to. I've been hearing the overtures to these two works, so it's high time we got to hear the whole thing. Both whole things. I got a particular kick out of the Chorus of Dervishes in The Ruins of Athens---I never thought those dervishes could swing the way they do! Incidentally, the Turkish March did not make its first appearance here; Beethoven composed a set of piano variations on that theme, which I have played many times. In any case, this is great stuff to listen to and enjoy, and Davies and the New Yorkers, orchestra, soloists and all, make the most of it." Report Abuse
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