Beethoven - Die Ruinen von Athen | Naxos 8574076

Beethoven - Die Ruinen von Athen

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574076

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 14th February 2020

Contents

Artists

Reetta Haavisto (soprano)
Juha Kotilainen (bass)
Roland Astor (speaker)
Angela Eberlein (speaker)
Claus Obalski (speaker)
Ernst Oder (speaker)
Leah Sinka (speaker)
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Leif Segerstam

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Consecration of the House (Die Weihe des Hauses) Overture, op.124
Die Ruinen von Athenen: March with Chorus 'Schmuckt die Altare', op.114
Die Weihe des Hauses: Wo sich die Pulse, WoO98
Musik zu Carl Meisls Gelegenheitsfestspiel 'Die Weihe des Hauses', Hess118: no.1 Folge dem machtigen Ruf der Ehre!
The Ruins of Athens, op.113

Artists

Reetta Haavisto (soprano)
Juha Kotilainen (bass)
Roland Astor (speaker)
Angela Eberlein (speaker)
Claus Obalski (speaker)
Ernst Oder (speaker)
Leah Sinka (speaker)
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Leif Segerstam

About

Die Ruinen von Athen (‘The Ruins of Athens’) was composed to celebrate the opening of the new German theatre in Pest in 1812. Designed to accompany the play of that name by August von Kotzebue, its incidental music is substantial enough to form a kind of one-act Singspiel and is full of attractive arias, duets and choruses and includes the famous Turkish March. Though the work’s theme was rooted in Greek mythology, in reality it was explicitly political in nature, celebrating Pest as ‘the new Athens’. This is the first ever recording of the work with full narration.

This release joins our highly-regarded ongoing series of vocal works by Beethoven recorded by conductor Leif Segerstam with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Christus am Ölberge (8573852) appeared in June 2019, with acclaim from ClassicsToday.com: ‘the Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra sing and play handsomely.’ Ludwig Van Toronto wrote that ‘Leif Segerstam, the wild baton of Finnish music, finds just the right tempo for telling a dramatic Biblical story. The Turku Philharmonic and their local cathedral choir have both delicacy and heft, and the soloists… are absolutely top-drawer… Sensational music, brilliantly performed.’

Finnish lyric dramatic soprano Reetta Haavisto is known for her beautifully sonorous voice with its buoyant and luminous tone. She previously appeared in a collection of Beethoven’s works for voice and orchestra (8573882) in November 2019.

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