Tuesday, August 2, 2011

EGMONT

Ludwig Van Beethoven. Egmont. Op.84. It is a set of compositions written as incidental music for the 1787 play of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Beethoven completed it in June 1810. It has an overture and nine parts for soprano and orchestra.
The music is on the subject of Count Egmont's heroism. Beethoven expresses his own political statements in the music, particularly about the sublime importance of the sacrifice of a man who is condemned to death but has the guts in raising a voice against oppression.
The definitive performance is by the stupendous reading of Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic followed by worthy performances of Herbert von Karajan with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta with the Maggio Musicale di Fiorentino and Wilhelm Furtwangler with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
http://youtu.be/_MrFo3uDTkU

This is the complete incidental music to the play:
http://youtu.be/N-g4m-124Kk

http://youtu.be/1264jv5CXfo

http://youtu.be/nnTpNu-RS9o

Take out time to read the play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe which was written in 1788.

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