Notes & Reviews:
Rejecting academic coolness, Armonia Atenea, under the baton of conductor George Petrou, injects dramatic energy and bright color to Beethoven's bold ballet score
Beethoven's ballet music was written in 1801 (between the First and Second symphonies) and the theme from the overture provided the subject for the finale of the Eroica Symphony and Eroica Variations
Based on the Greek fire-stealing myth, the story of The Creatures of Prometheus is conveyed with music full of drama and verve, but was the only ballet score that Beethoven wrote
Armonia Atenea and George Petrou's Decca recording of Handel's Alessandro has received numerous accolades including the Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize, the 'Complete Opera CD of the Year Award' at the International Opera Awards, a nomination for the Opera of the Year by viewer of Mezzo TV, as well as being singled out by Classica, Diapason, Fono Forum and the BBC Music magazine
BBC Music Magazine
For all the star quality, the performance remains a supremely ensemble effort, singers and instrumentalists striking sparks off each other under the energized and energizing musical direction of George Petrou.
The Telegraph, 4th September 2014
Petrou, conducting Armonia Atenea on period instruments, has full measure of the music's dramatic qualities, which can be sinewy (No?2) or gently bucolic (No?10). The refined shaping, firm attack and piquant timbres underline the strength and suppleness of Beethoven's inspiration.
Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014
The Overture is regularly played, the rest largely forgotten. But this beginning might impel you to listen to the lot...Petrou, though anything but prosaic that he is keen to move the music on...[the disc] varies from excellent to outstanding, from a group bristling with enthusiasm.
Recording information: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert (2013-07-22_2013-07-26&2013-).
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Works DetailsBeethoven, Ludwig van : Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
- Conductor: Georges Petrou
- Ensemble: Armonia Atenea
- Notes: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Athens (2013-07-22_2013-07-26&2013-)
- Running Time: 60 min. 51 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Ballet
- Written: 1800-1801