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Beethoven: Symphony no 3, etc / Manze, Helsingborg SO

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Contredanses (12) for orchestra, WoO 14
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
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Notes & Reviews:

Led by its new Principal Conductor Andrew Manze, Sweden's Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra makes its harmonia mundi debut in this incisive reading of Beethoven's 'Eroica' symphony - considered by many to be the greatest and most important symphony ever written. At nearly twice the length of any symphony heard prior to its 1804 premiere, the "Heroic Symphony" is littered with trail-blazing strokes of genius which Maestro Manze deftly reclaims for us from years of over-familiarity.

Sunday Times
Andrew Manze has had the ingenious idea of coupling the Eroica with the set of contredanses in which the theme of the symphony's finale first appeared, and with the finale of Beethoven's ballet score The Creatures of Prometheus, the melody's second appearance. What makes the disc exceptional, however, is the superb clarity and incisiveness of the performances. The splendid Swedish orchestra plays the Eroica as if discovering and revelling in its beauty and audacity for the first time. Manze sets a spanking tempo for the opening movement, but always gives the music room to breathe, and the rest is equally inspiring.

BBC Music Magazine
Manze takes a surprisingly Romantic view of the Eroica... with accomplished playing from the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.

Gramophone Magazine
Precise drive in the Scherzo, with brazen horns in the Trio, presages a finale of real stature.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Ensemble: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 49 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Contredanses (12) for orchestra, WoO 14
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Ensemble: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 :: Finale
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Ensemble: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1800-1801