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Beethoven: Symphony No. 2; Brahms: Rinaldo, cantata / Johan Botha. Bertrand de Billy

> Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 - I. Adagio molto - Allegro molto
> Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 - II. Larghetto
> Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 - III. Scherzo
> Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 - IV. Allegro molto
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Zu dem Strande! Zu der Barke! (Chorus)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - O lasst mich einen Augenblick noch hier (Rinaldo)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Stelle her der goldnen Tag Paradiese (Rinaldo)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Sachte kommt! (Rinaldo, Chorus)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Aber alles verkundet (Rinaldo, Chorus)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Weh! Was seh' ich, welch ein Bild! (Rinaldo, Chorus)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Zuruck nur! Zurucke! (Chorus)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Zum zweiten Male (Rinaldo)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Und umgewandelt seh' ich die Holde (Rinaldo, Chorus)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Schon sind sie erhoret (Rinaldo, Chorus)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Auf dem Meere - Segel schwellen (Chorus)
> Rinaldo, Op. 50 - Das erfrischet und verwischet (Rinaldo, Chorus)

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
>Brahms, Johannes : Rinaldo, cantata for tenor, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 50
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording includes a rare performance of Brahms' cantata Rinaldo, recorded live at the Salzburg Summer Riding School 2007. South African born Johan Botha sings the tenor part. His international breakthrough occurred in 1993 at the Opera de la Bastille as Pinkerton in Puccini's Madame Butterfly.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The Beethoven symphony is quite well played. The playing is poised and well controlled, so the effect is exhilarating. A fine tenor, comfortable with both Italian and German repertory, and he has the power and technique to do justice to Brahms's challenges. The chorus is likewise excellent. De Billy moves the work along well, bringing out the drama of Goethe's text to good effect.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Felsenreitschule, Salzburg (06/28/2010-07/02/2010); Groáer Sendesaal, ORF, Vienna (06/28/2010-07/02/2010); Felsenreitschule, Salzburg (08/09/2007); Groáer Sendesaal, ORF, Vienna (08/09/2007).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, ORF, Vienna (06/28/2010-07/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1801-1802

>Brahms, Johannes : Rinaldo, cantata for tenor, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 50
  • Performer: Johan Botha (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Running Time: 20 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1863-1868