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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Egmont / Ah, perfido / Marches (Pierard, New Zealand Symphony, Judd)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s)
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.557264
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Shortly after completing his breathtaking Fifth Symphony, Beethoven composed incidental music for Goethe’s drama, Egmont. While the Overture is well known, the remaining movements deserve no less attention as they chart the tragic course of Count Egmont’s rebellion against the Spanish occupation of the Netherlands and his ill-fated love for Clara, whose suicide Beethoven movingly portrays. Two Marches, composed at around the same time, and his concert aria Ah! perfido, written a decade earlier, complement one of Beethoven’s most effective theatrical scores.


   




Review By mku,Fono Forum,April 2010


8.557264_Fono Forum_042010_gr.pdf


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,February 2010

The familiar opening bars of the Egmont overture brought on a warm and nostalgic feeling: it must be decades since I’ve listened to this music. This work, like ‘The Ruins of Athens’, was never mainstream fare, to be taken care of by independent labels like Vanguard and Vox. So it’s good to have this up to date version, so excellently played. Soprano Madelaine Pierard has a youthful and fresh-sounding voice that falls pleasantly on the ear, and a fine sense of drama in Ah! Perfido. The marches make for a nice filler as well.








 

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