Early Cantatas, Opferlied & Meeresstille

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BEETHOVEN
Early Cantatas, Opferlied & Meeresstille
Judith Howarth, Janice Watson, Jean Rigby, John Mark Ainsley, Jose Van Dam / Corydon Singers & Orchestra, Matthew Best

[ Hyperion Helios / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 28 August 2014

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This second disc of Beethoven choral works from the Corydon Singers and Matthew Best includes the composer's homage to Goethe, Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt, and the famous Opferlied, here performed beautifully by Jean Rigby in the version for soprano, choir and orchestra.

Also featured are two rarely performed and fascinating early works, the Cantatas written around 1790 to mark the death of Joseph II and the accession of his brother Leopold II. Both pieces are full of dramatic action and forthright representation of mood, and the 'Joseph' Cantata can quite legitimately be counted one of the composer's most important early works, displaying remarkable maturity for a nineteen-year-old composer.

'Arguably Beethoven's first major masterpiece … superb performance, at once fresh and incisive and deeply moving' - PENGUIN GUIDE ROSETTE

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE

'It's always wonderful to come across some unfamiliar piece and relish unsuspected, undiscovered beauties … Hyperion's enterprising disc of two early cantatas is thoroughly to be recommened. A marvellous disc'
- The Daily Telegraph

'There are some lovely performances here, especially from Corydon Singers themselves … This is a fascinating disc'
- BBC Record Review

Tracks:

Cantata on the death of Emperor Joseph II WoO87 [40'50]
JANICE WATSON soprano, JEAN RIGBY mezzo soprano
JOHN MARK AINSLEY tenor, JOSÉ VAN DAM bass
Chorus with solo quartet Todt, stöhnt es durch die öde Nacht! [8'10]
Bass recitative Ein Ungeheuer, sein Name Fanatismus [1'23]
Bass aria Da kam Joseph, mit Gottes Stärke [4'49]
Soprano aria with chorus Da stiegen die Menschen an's Licht [6'25]
Soprano recitative Er schläft von den Sorgen seiner Welten entladen [2'34]
Soprano aria Hier schlummert seinen stillen Frieden [8'15]
Chorus with solo quartet Todt, stöhnt es durch die öde Nacht! [9'00]

Cantata on the accession of Emperor Leopold II WoO88 [23'18]
JUDITH HOWARTH soprano, JEAN RIGBY mezzo soprano
JOHN MARK AINSLEY tenor, JOSÉ VAN DAM bass
Soprano recitative with chorus Er schlummert... schlummert! [4'19]
Soprano aria Fliesse, Wonnezähre, fliesse! [9'37]
with MICHAEL COX flute, STEPHEN ORTON cello
Bass recitative Ihr staunt, Völker der Erde! [0'42]
Tenor recitative Wie bebt mein Herz vor Wonne! [4'07]
Soprano, tenor bass terzetto Ihr, die Joseph ihren Vater nannten

Chorus with solo quartet Heil! Stürzet nieder, Millionen [4'30]

Opferlied Op 121b [6'44]
JEAN RIGBY mezzo soprano (with ROGER SMITH cello)

Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt Op 112 [8'18]