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Beethoven: Overture Leonore 1; Ah! Perfido!; Cherubini: Symphony in D Major; Vous voyez de vos fills / Maria Bengtsson, soprano

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65
>Cherubini, Luigi : Medee
>     Aria no 6. Vous voyez de vos fils
>Cherubini, Luigi : Symphony in D major

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65
>Cherubini, Luigi : Medee
>Cherubini, Luigi : Symphony in D major
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This performance of Cherubini's Symphony in D is a wonder. Written in 1815, the work alludes to the drama of Beethoven and the facetiousness of Haydn, while having a firm voice of its own. In I De Billy uses swift, really buoyant quick string strokes, tight articulation, and phrases that inhale and exhale expression to create high lyricism encased in a pungent style. The flow in II is the epitome of graceful lyricism, sweet woodwind textures interjected with several highly dramatic sections. In the Minuet he contrasts really strong string stokes with quick staccato playing to bring out the contrasts. The Finale here is so muscular it could easily be mistaken for an opening movement. Also, the strings are most effective because the violins are divided left and right and the engineers make the most of it.

Bertrand de Billy has selected Luigi Cherubini's only symphony with his new orchestra in mind. This recently appointed guest conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne revealingly relates Cherubini to Ludwig van Beethoven, with Maria Bengtsson in top form as Medea.

Since Cherubini composed his symphony for London, we should not be surprised to find Haydn peering around the corner now and again. But Cherubini points beyond this great symphonic father figure; the bouncy minuet would have done Beethoven proud with its rhythmic intricacies and intrigues. It is thus also hardly surprising that Beethoven held the Italian composer in very high esteem; after all, melodies evidently flowed with much greater ease from his virtuosic pen schooled on the opera.

Maria Callas successfully lent her support to Cherubini's Medée, and ever since it has been one of his greatest stage hits. His contemporaries thought that the work was too long. He thereupon blotted out five hundred measures that were first reconstructed in 2013, with help from the most advanced x-ray technology. "Vous voyez de vos fils" is one of the all-time great moments in the opera literature, and Maria Bengtsson gives us the opportunity to experience the whole emotional spectrum of the title heroine's suffering.

And it is as if we are there with her: original MDG 2+2+2 surround sound guarantees an authentic and exciting opera experience!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Métropole Lausanne (08/31/2013-09/03/2013).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Métropole Lausanne (08/31/2013-09/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1807

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65
  • Performer: Maria Bengtsson
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Notes: Métropole Lausanne (08/31/2013-09/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Cherubini, Luigi : Medée :: Aria no 6. Vous voyez de vos fils
  • Performer: Maria Bengtsson
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Notes: Métropole Lausanne (08/31/2013-09/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1797

>Cherubini, Luigi : Symphony in D major
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Notes: Métropole Lausanne (08/31/2013-09/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1815