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Beethoven: Cantatas / Opferlied / Meeresstille Import


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  • Composer: L.V. Beethoven
  • Audio CD (March 10, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II: Todt, stöhnt es durch die öde Nacht!
2. Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II: Ein Ungeheuer, sein Name Fanatismus
3. Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II: Da kam Joseph, mit Gottes Stärke
4. Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II: Da stiegen die Menschen an's Licht
5. Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II: Er schläft von den Sorgen seiner Welten entladen
6. Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II: Hier schlummert seinen stillen Frieden
7. Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II: Todt, stöhnt es durch die öde Nacht!
8. Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II: Er schlummert ... schlummert!
9. Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II: Fliesse, Wonnezähre, fliesse!
10. Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II: Ihr staunt, Völker der Erde!
11. Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II: Wie bebt mein Herz vor Wonne!
12. Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II: Heil! Stürzet nieder, Millionen
13. Opferlied
14. Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt

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Cantate sur la mort de Joseph II - Cantate sur l'avènement de Leopold II - Opferlied - Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt / Judith Howard & Janice Watson, sop. - Jean Rigby, mez. - John Mark Ainsley, tén. - José van Dam, b. - Corydon Singers & Orchestra, dir. Matthew Best

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on March 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The English Penguin Guide to Classical Music used its worldwide influence to do this little CD of Beethoven's less known cantatas a big favor by issuing it a rosette a time or two in its editions. This collection has some good performances but listening to the competition from my collection quickly tarnishes its luster.

This is most apparent when you compare the Matthew Best-led forces against the competition in the main course, Cantata on the Death of Emporer Joseph II. While not well-known, this music commissioned to the 19-year-old Beethoven, with many passages presaging Fidelio, has had a distinguished recording history. The oldest version in print, from the 1950s, is a partial recording led by Erich (Carlos's dad) Kleiber who is abetted by one of the greatest singers no one's ever heard of, bass-baritone Alfred Poell. That recording is still in print. Thomas Schippers, a gifted choral conductor, recorded the score for CBS/Sony in the 1960s. Karl Anton Rickenbacher recorded a version around the same time. Brilliant's collection of 40 CDs dedicated to Beethoven contains a version. The newest recording in the catalog, released in 2008 on the Accord label, is led by Friedman Layer and performed by French forces.

The Best concoction is probably better than all these even though his best soloist, bass Jose Van Dam, would be no match for Poell had the two ever conducted a sing-off. Van Dam is the most distinguished of Best's soloists, who tend to eschew virtuosity and sing in a very English, almost "white", way. Hyperion's uncharacteristically thin recording -- which reminded me of many of Herbert von Karajan's recordings on DG -- is distant but brilliant and detailed with little bass.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Even the greatest of composers have left us works which remain undeservedly obscure. This outstanding CD, also available on the Musical Heritage Society label, includes two cantatas Beethoven composed at the age of 19 together with two little-known late choral works. Matthew Best conducts the Corydon Singers and the Corydon orchestra together with five soloists.

The "Joseph" and the "Leopold" cantatas date from 11790. Young Beethoven was still living in Bonn. The "Joseph" cantata, WoO87 (this designation is used for Beethoven's works without an opus number) commemorates the death of Emperor Joseph II while the companion "Leopold" cantata, WoO88, celebrates the ascension of Emperor Leopold II. These two cantatas are the greatest works of Beethoven prior to his fateful move to Vienna in 1792. The works remained unperformed during Beethoven's lifetime and were not discovered untill 1844. Brahms was greatly impressed by these works, especially the Joseph cantata. He praised its "noble pathos... its feeling and imagination, the intensity, perhaps violent in its expression, also the voice-leading and declamation, and, in the two outer sections, all the features that we may observe in and associate with his later works." (Quoted in Lewis Lockwood, "Beethoven: the Music and the Life at 65)

The Joseph cantata is the better-known of the two, and it is remarkable in its depth and in its creation of a feeling of tragedy. The work both opens and closes with a lengthy chorus, with solo quartet, which has the feel, as the liner notes point out of a chorus from a Gluck opera. The music is solemn and heroic.
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By paolo on July 29, 2014
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tho works are colossal and the performance excellent!
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