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Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives [download] – LSO Live

Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives [download]

  • Release date: 13 November 2020
    LSO0862 | 0822231186229

    1 disc in jewel case
    Booklet in English, French & German
    SACD incl.stereo | multi-channel 5.1

    Producer: Andrew Cornall
    Engineers: Classic Sound
    Recorded January & February 2020
    Barbican Hall, London , Barbican Hall, London

  • ★★★★
    'What Rattle made clear is that the music is full of life. It is hard to imagine this performance being bettered.'
    – Financial Times

    ★★★★
    'Backed by London Symphony Chorus, the soloists in this performance are well up to the challenge, bass David Soar providing the grounding over which tenor Pavol Breslik, as Jesus, sings out with noble plangency, while the sound of soprano Elsa Dreisig, as the Seraph, rings angelically through the hall.' – The Independent

    ★★★★
    'Christ on the Mount of Olives is full of things to appreciate: there’s an anticipation of the heroism in the face of darkness that would characterise Fidelio, but there are also passages that hark back to the best of Mozart...' – Bachtrack

£9.99

Sir Simon Rattle
London Symphony Orchestra 


Composed in 1803, while Beethoven was also writing the Eroica Symphony, Christ on the Mount of Olives is the composer's only oratorio, and combines the emotive force of his later Missa Solemnis with the theatre of a Bach Passion. With orchestra, chorus and soloists, it tells the story of Jesus’ prayer and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane and reflects the emotional pressure Beethoven was under at the time he composed the work. This recording by Sir Simon Rattle, with acclaimed singers Elsa Dreisig, Pavol Breslik and David Soar was made during the London Symphony Orchestra's celebration of Beethoven's 250th anniversary.

'When I came to the Mount of Olives, I immediately was simply puzzled. Why isn't this piece played? Of course, it's a mixed piece and there are weird flaws and edges but so there are in the Ninth Symphony, they're part of the personality. It's a fascinating moment in his life when he was starting really to deal with his hearing loss. He'd written the Heiligenstadt Testament, where he really confessed to his suicidal thoughts on losing the single-most important ability a musician could have. There is a kind of unearthly, underground sensation of some of it, there's also a real feeling of naive belief in the possibility of things being better. I think it is completely heaven.' — Sir Simon Rattle

Composer  
Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor   Sir Simon Rattle
Soloists   Elsa Dreisig, Pavol Breslik, David Soar
Performers  

London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus


Track list

1. No. 1a, Introduzione. Grave - Adagio
2. No. 1b, Recitativo. Jehova, Du Mein Vater!
3. No. 1c, Aria. Meine Seele Ist Erschuttert
4. No. 2a, Recitativo. Erzittre, Erde!
5. No. 2b, Aria. Preist Des Erlosers Gute
6. No. 2c, Chor Der Engel. O Heil Euch Ihr Erlosten
7. No. 3a, Recitativo. Verkundet, Seraph, Mir Dein Mund
8. No. 3b, Duetto. So Ruhe Dann Mit Ganzer Schwere
9. No. 4a, Recitativo. Willkommen, Tod!
10. No. 4b, Chor Der Krieger. Wir Haben Ihn Gesehen
11. No. 5a, Recitativo. Die Mich Zu Fangen Ausgezogen Sind
12. No. 5b, Chor Der Krieger. Chor Der Junger
13. No. 6a, Recitativo. Nicht Ungestraft Soll Der Verwegnen Schar
14. No. 6b, Terzetto. In Meinen Adern Wuhlen Unbandig Zorn Und Wut
15. No. 6c, Chor Der Krieger, Chor Der Junger.
16. No. 6d, Chor Der Engel. Welten Singen Lob Und Ehre
17. No. 6e, Chor Der Engel. Preiset Ihn, Ihr Engelschore

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