Notes and Editorial Reviews
This second disc of Beethoven choral works from the Corydon Singers and Matthew Best features two rarely performed and fascinating early works, the Cantatas written around 1790 to mark the death of Joseph II and the accession of his brother Leopold II. Both pieces are full of dramatic action and forthright representation of mood, and the ‘Joseph’ Cantata can quite legitimately be counted one of the composer’s most important early works, displaying remarkable maturity for a nineteen-year-old composer.
Also included are the composer’s homage to Goethe, Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt, and the famous Opferlied, here performed beautifully by Jean Rigby in the version for soprano, choir and orchestra.
"Arguably Beethoven's first major masterpiece … superb performance, at once fresh and incisive and deeply moving." – The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
"It's always wonderful to come across some unfamiliar piece and relish unsuspected, undiscovered beauties … Hyperion's enterprising disc of two early cantatas is thoroughly to be recommended. A marvelous disc." – The Daily Telegraph