The Rough Guide To Classical Composers: Beethoven [2CD Special Edition with Bonus CD: Mass in C major]

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  • Manufacturer: World Music Network (UK)
  • Manufacturer's code: 9781906063672
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Ceniona na świecie wytwórnia fonograficzna World Music Network w swojej nowej serii wydawniczej The Rough Guide To Classical Composers wydaje monograficzne płyty dedykowane wybitnym kompozytorom muzyki klasycznej.
Wśród interpretatorów wiedeńskiego klasyka znajdziemy Anima Eterna pod batutą Josem Van Immerseelem, Cappella Istropolitana pod Barrym Wordsworthem, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart pod Rogerem Norrington, pianistów Jeno Jando, John Lill i Stefan Vladar czy oraz zespołów specjalizujących się w muzyce Ludwiga van Beethovena: Leipzig String Quartet, Kodaly Quartet i The Gaudier Ensemble.
Doboru kompozycji i interpretacji dokonano ze znawstwem, co w przypadku tego wydawcy nie dziwi, podobnie udana selekcja występuje przecież na antologiach folkowych. Od dostępnych na rynku fonograficznym podobnych wydawnictw płytę odróżnia wysoki poziom merytoryczny selekcji. Nagranie, które znalazły się na płytach pochodzą z ostatnich lat i zaliczane są do najwybitniejszych interpretacji przez krytyków muzycznych.

Edycja specjalna zawiera dodatkowo bonusowy album "Corydon Orchestra / Corydon Singers / Matthew Best - Beethoven: Mass In C Major". Jest to nagranie jednej z najsłynniejszych - obok "Missa Solemnis" - sakralnych kompozycji Ludwiga van Beethovena, dokonane przez niezwykle cenony angielski zespół Croydon Orchestra pod batutą Mathew Besta. Pierwotnie ukazało się nakładem prestiżowej oficyny Hyperion Records

Editor's info:
World Music Network worked closely with the independent British classical label, Hyperion Records on this project. This Rough Guide features a sharp overview of Beethoven's life works. The over-done 'greatest hits' approach is avoided and the listener is given a fresh insight into the composer's myriad styles. The bonus album entitled, Beethoven: Mass in C major, features a complete performance of a whole work, allowing the listener to experience a deeper understanding of the music.

Beethoven's music is intensely powerful, highly individual and entirely ingenious. Throughout his life the infamous composer struggled to balance his immeasurable talent with a tendency towards deep solitude and a naturally dark and brooding countenance. His work symbolizes this wrestle between darkness and light, and between sadness and joy. His contemporary, the noted composer Joseph Haydn, once observed of the man, 'There's something bizarre and sombre in your music because you're sombre and bizarre yourself.'

Beethoven was baptized in 1770 in Bonn, Germany. As a teenager he travelled to Vienna to study with the virtuoso composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. After barely two weeks in the musical city Beethoven was forced to return home to his mother, who had become seriously ill. She died shortly afterwards. As a result, at the age of 19, Beethoven became responsible for the welfare of his father and siblings. At the age of 22, he once again relocated to Vienna. Despite such formative family binds, he never got married or had children of his own. Immersed in his music-making, his works were to become his family, his life and his entire world. He explained, 'I only live within the music I write.'

Despite such unbending commitment to his profession, he was rarely satisfied with his compositions. He revised his only opera, Fidelio, numerous times. His own harsh taskmaster, when creating a complex fugue or an intricate sonata he was known not eat for two or three days. In 1809, three noble men of Vienna agreed to grant Beethoven a lifelong salary. The investment enabled Beethoven to compose full-time and avoid giving piano lessons to raise funds.

In an awful twist of fate, over the next seven years Beethoven slowly became deaf. Bit by bit, the silence crept in and robbed the composer of his most precious sense - his hearing. Despite his impairment he continued to compose until his death and went on to write his last three piano sonatas, nine string quartets and the epochal ninth symphony. The almost ironic tragedy of the situation did not escape the composer, who confided in a personal letter in 1801, 'I find it impossible to say to people: I am deaf. If I had any other profession it would be easier, but in my profession it is a terrible handicap.'

Beethoven died in March 1827. A crowd of ten thousand people attended his funeral, and his coffin was carried by fellow composers and musicians.

Beethoven's skill lay in transforming simple techniques into grand musical gestures. His use of the trill, a rapid alternation of two notes, is one example of this approach. Beethoven employed the ornament to bring his music to characteristic halts and to segue from one movement to another. Some famous instances of this technique can be heard at the end of his last piano sonata and in his violin concerto. Beethoven, the restless genius, legendary composer and king of the trills, lives on through his music.

CD 1:
1. John Lill (Piano): Bagatelle No. 6 in E flat major, Op. 126: Andante Amabile
2. Anima Eterna, Jos Van Immerseel (Conductor): Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: I. Poco Sostenuto
3. Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Roger Norrington (Conductor): Symphony No. 6, Op. 68: I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
4. Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Michael Halasz (Conductor), Edith Lienbacher (Marzelline), Inga Nielson (Leonore), Kurt Moll (Rocco: Fidelio, Op. 72: Act I. Mir Ist So Wunderbar
5. Leipzig String Quartet: String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130: V. Cavatina
6. Kodaly Quartet: String Quartet No. 9, Op. 59, No. 3: IV. Allegro Molto
7. The Gaudier Ensemble: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20: III. Tempo Di Menuetto
8. Jenö Jandö (Piano): Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 2, No. 2: IV. Rondo Grazioso
9. Cappella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth (Conductor), Stefan Vladar (Piano): Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15: III. Rondo. Allegro Scherzando
10. John Lill (Piano): Bagatelle No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 119: Allegramente

CD 2:Mass in C major
1. Mass in C major Op. 86: I. Kyrie
2. Mass in C major Op. 86: II. Gloria
3. Mass in C major Op. 86: III. Credo
4. Mass in C major Op. 86: IV. Sanctus
5. Mass in C major Op. 86: V. Benedictus
6. Mass in C major Op. 86: VI. Agnus Dei
7. Ah Perfido Op. 65: I. Scena - Ah! Perfido, Sperguiro
8. Ah Perfido Op. 65: II. Aria - Per Pieta, Non Dirmi Addio
9. Ne' Giorni Tuoi Felici WoO93
10. Tremate, Empi, Tremate Op.116.

total time - CD1 62:20; CD2 74:29
wydano: 2011-10-31
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