Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies; Concertos; Overtures
Even Beethoven couldn’t entirely escape the influence of Mozart, and this lineage can be traced in the melodic grace to be found in the symphonies as well as the concertos. Imposing in their stature, the five Piano Concertos are filled with lively inventiveness as well as some of the most beautiful music ever to emerge from this genre. Beethoven’s single work in the popular symphonie concertante form is the "Triple" Concerto, but it is the distinctive nobility of the Violin Concerto which has seen it gain an unassailable position as one of the greatest works in the repertoire.
Beethoven considered music "a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy", with greatness of conception and painstaking craftsmanship his hallmarks. The Overtures are no exception in this, reflecting the drama and excitement of the theater and including the opening of his only opera Fidelio.
Catalog Number: 8501204
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth, Béla Drahos, Kenneth Jean, Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Performer: Claire Rutter, Claudio Otelli, Dong-Suk Kang, Hasmik Papian, Jénö Jandó, Julian Davies, Leon McCawley, Manfred Fink, Maria Kliegel, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Matilde Wallevik, Peter Hoare, Ruxandra Donose, Stefan Vladar, Stephen Gadd, Takako Nishizaki