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Beethoven: Overtures / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : König Stephan (King Stephen), incidental music, Op. 117
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Ruins of Athens, Op. 113
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Name-Day Celebration, overture for orchestra in C major, Op. 115
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Consecration of the House, overture Op. 124
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72b
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded when the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan were in their plush phase, but under a full head of steam, these polished performances of the Beethoven overtures are a visceral delight. The sensuous, bass-heavy textures and glistening gut-strung string playing are still something to marvel at. So are the outstanding solos in the winds and the potent proclamations of the brass.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : König Stephan (King Stephen), incidental music, Op. 117 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1811.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1811

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Ruins of Athens, Op. 113 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1811.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1811

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1807

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Name-Day Celebration, overture for orchestra in C major, Op. 115
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Consecration of the House, overture Op. 124
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1807

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1804-1805

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72b
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1814