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Beethoven: Overtures

Beethoven: Overtures

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This recording presents Ludwig van Beethoven's most important overtures composed for his stage works, which were few and far between yet cover a wide variety of styles: the three overtures for his only opera Leonore which was later known as Fidelio followed by the introductory music to the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus and by music for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play Egmont, which had previously been rather unsuccessful on stage but enjoyed greater popularity once Beethoven set it to music. The last piece is the Overture to Collin's tragedy Coriolan, written at a time when the drama was hardly performed anymore, and which therefore became a concert overture.

The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1945 and became one of the most important musical ambassadors of Germany. World-renowned conductors, as well as some of the world’s greatest soloists, have been guests of the Stuttgart RSO, including Carlos Kleiber, Ferenc Fricsay, Karl Böhm, and Wilhelm Furtwängler as well as Maria Callas, Yehudi Menuhin, Alfred Brendel, Hélène Grimaud, Anne Sophie Mutter, Elina Garanca, Rolando Villazon, Hilary Hahn, Sol Gabetta and Lang Lang. Sir Roger Norrington was the principal conductor of the Stuttgart RSO from 1998 to 2011 and has been its Conductor Laureate since 2011. Norrington has succeeded in giving the orchestra its unmistakable image through the use of historically informed performances coupled with the implementation of the resources of a modern symphony orchestra. His work focuses on the symphonic cycles of works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, and Elgar. He has conducted numerous international orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Concertgebouw Orchester, and the Orchestre de Paris as well as many American orchestras.

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Product Description:


  • Release Date: October 14, 2022


  • UPC: 747313912186


  • Catalog Number: SWR19121CD


  • Label: SWR Classic


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Classical


  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven


  • Conductor: Karl Bohm, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Carl Schuricht, Hans Knappertsbusch, Hans Rosbaud, Kurt Sanderling, Kirill Kondrashin, Leopold Stokowski, Carlos Kleiber, Roger Norrington, Michael Gielen, George Pretre


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR


  • Performer: Roger, Norrington



Works:


  1. Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

    Conductor: Roger Norrington


  2. Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

    Conductor: Roger Norrington


  3. Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

    Conductor: Roger Norrington


  4. Egmont, Op. 84: Overture

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

    Conductor: Roger Norrington


  5. Coriolan, Op. 62: Overture

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

    Conductor: Roger Norrington


  6. The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

    Conductor: Roger Norrington