Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"; Overtures

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Having already recorded Beethoven's "Fifth" and "Seventh" symphonies for Deutsche Grammophon with phenomenal success, Gustavo Dudamel leads the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in a bracing rendition of the "Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Eroica," the second album in a series that promises to become one of the most compelling Beethoven cycles in years. When Dudamel made his first Beethoven disc in 2006, he was just breaking into the classical world's consciousness and was still an unknown quantity for many listeners. Six years later, Dudamel is an international celebrity whose every recording is greeted with enthusiasm and critical praise, both of which ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Having already recorded Beethoven's "Fifth" and "Seventh" symphonies for Deutsche Grammophon with phenomenal success, Gustavo Dudamel leads the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in a bracing rendition of the "Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Eroica," the second album in a series that promises to become one of the most compelling Beethoven cycles in years. When Dudamel made his first Beethoven disc in 2006, he was just breaking into the classical world's consciousness and was still an unknown quantity for many listeners. Six years later, Dudamel is an international celebrity whose every recording is greeted with enthusiasm and critical praise, both of which are sure to attend this recording. Dudamel brings extraordinary energy and enthusiasm to his interpretation, and the orchestra draws on his charismatic power, giving an electric performance that sustains interest for the work's duration. The "Third" is always a test of a conductor's control of form and the music's propulsion, and Dudamel performs these seemingly contradictory tasks of making the music coherent and volatile, as it were, finding the meeting point of Classical restraint and Romantic passion at the core of Beethoven. That control and passion are also central to Dudamel's conducting, for they inform each other and make for music that satisfies the intellect while it sends tingles up the spine. The overtures to "The Creatures of Prometheus" and "Egmont" are provided as filler works that share certain musical elements in common with "Eroica," and are quite complementary choices. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is spacious and resonant, and the orchestra has wonderful physical presence in the close-up recording. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2012
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947902508
  • Catalog Number: 001686902
  • Sales rank: 17,695

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Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Ute Fesquet (52:53)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byGustavo Dudamel
    Performed bySimón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel
    1. 1 Allegro con brio
    2. 2 Marcia funebre. Adagio assai
    3. 3 Scherzo. Allegro vivace
    4. 4 Finale. Allegro molto
  2. 5 Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus), ballet, Op. 43: Overture - Ludwig van Beethoven & Ute Fesquet (5:06)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byGustavo Dudamel
    Performed bySimón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel
  3. 6 Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture - Ludwig van Beethoven & Ute Fesquet (9:11)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byGustavo Dudamel
    Performed bySimón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel
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