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Bertrand de Billy & ORF Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien Ludwig van Beethoven: Musik zu Johann Wolfgang von Goethes Trauerspiel „Egmont“ op. 84 OC 767 CD
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Ordering NumberOC 767
Release date08/03/2011
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  • Beethoven, Ludwig van

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      Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven: Music for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s tragedy “Egmont” op. 84

      Tobias Moretti, narrator
      Maria Bengtsson, soprano
      ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
      Bertrand de Billy, conductor

      Formally speaking, Beethoven’s “Egmont” intermezzos follow Goethe’s scenic directions, i.e. as they are written in the drama. The play, including Beethoven’s music, premiered at Vienna’s Burg Theater on June 15, 1810. It has been handed down to us that Beethoven wrote his composition “simply for love of the poet”, and “to show this, took nothing for it from the theater direction”. Although early on, Beethoven’s music was considered quasi obligatory for performances of Egmont, the music slowly disappeared from the theater. In the concert hall, however, only the Egmont Overture has survived and is a frequently performed work.
      In summer 2007, this arrangement of the Egmont intermezzi was recorded in the studios of the ORF. Tobias Moretti developed his own text of the drama especially for it. The goal of this undertaking was to transfer the drama, including the music, from the theater to the concert stage in dramatically convincing form. Before it was recorded, it was performed at the Salzburg Festival as well as the Carinthian Summer Festival.

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