Beethoven - Egmont; Reicha - Lenore | Orfeo MP1903

Beethoven - Egmont; Reicha - Lenore

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Label: Orfeo

Cat No: MP1903

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd January 2020

Contents

Artists

Ruth Ziesak (soprano)
Ulrich Tukur (narrator)
Camilla Nylund (soprano)
Pavla Vykopalova (mezzo-soprano)
Corby Welch (tenor)
Vladimir Chmelo (bass)
Prague Chamber Choir
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Virtuosi di Praga

Conductors

Gerd Albrecht
Frieder Bernius

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Egmont, op.84: Incidental Music

Reicha, Anton

Lenore

Artists

Ruth Ziesak (soprano)
Ulrich Tukur (narrator)
Camilla Nylund (soprano)
Pavla Vykopalova (mezzo-soprano)
Corby Welch (tenor)
Vladimir Chmelo (bass)
Prague Chamber Choir
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Virtuosi di Praga

Conductors

Gerd Albrecht
Frieder Bernius

About

Whereas Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio will remain at home timelessly on all the major stages, of the other stage music by the great composer concert audiences are usually only aware of the relevant overtures. However, the eminently appealing music to Egmont with its beautiful and catchy songs and its energetic and melodious orchestral scores might be considered Beethoven’s most interesting and worthwhile stage music after Fidelio.

Reicha’s dramatic cantata Lenore is the musical setting of the eponymous horror ballad by the German poet Gottfried August Bürger, famous today above all as the author of the tales concerning the Baron of the Lies, Münchhausen. In comparison with Beethoven (who is said greatly to have admired Reicha’s Lenore and even to have recommended it be performed), in musical terms Reicha’s cantata does not point into the future despite all its onomatopoetic effects, but takes its bearings audibly from the epic oratorio style of Reicha’s mentor and friend, Joseph Haydn.

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