Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Beethoven

Release Date: 3/13/2020
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 19439703962
Number of Discs: 6

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Not long before he took up the principal conductorship of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1988, Michael Tilson Thomas recorded all of Beethoven’s symphonies with another of the British capital’s leading ensembles, the English Chamber Orchestra, rounding off the cycle with a performance of the “Eroica” featuring New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s. A Gramophone reviewer wrote in 1985 that “Tilson Thomas’s ‘chamber versions’ … always throw new light on the strings/wind balance, giving us something closer to what Beethoven expected than we are used to … You can expect details to stand out which you had not noticed before”, while another, writing in 1987 on the sound of the Abbey Road Studio No. 1 recordings, found “plenty of weight and power … bright and immediate with a fine feeling of presence” and declared the Ninth “a splendid culmination to Tilson Thomas’s cycle”. The six albums of this first release in a single box also contain the conductor’s London recordings of Beethoven overtures, late choral works and the concert aria Ah! Perfido with soprano Eva Marton.

Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1800 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1801-1802 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Classical
Written: 1803 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1808 ;
7. Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1811-1812 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1812 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Carolyn Watkinson (Alto), Gwynne Howell (Bass), Suzanne Murphy (Soprano), Dennis O'Neill (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Eva Martón (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1795-1796 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Contradances (12), WoO 14 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Classical
Written: 1802 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1810 ; Vienna, Austria
13. Elegischer Gesang, Op. 118 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical
Written: 1814 ; Vienna, Austria
14. Opferlied, Op. 121b "Die Flamme lodert" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Lorna Haywood (Soprano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1823-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Bundeslied, Op. 122 "In allen guten Stunden" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical
Written: 1823-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
16. King Stephan, Op. 117: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical
Written: 1811 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical
Written: 1814-1815 ; Vienna, Austria
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