Symphony No. 2, Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II
Title:

Symphony No. 2, Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II

Composer:
Artists:

Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony
Sally Matthews, soprano
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
Barry Banks, tenor
Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Ragnar Bohlin, chorus director

Release Date:

11th November 2013

Cat No:

AVSFS 0058

Price:

£15.99 (Hybrid SACD)

Summary:

Beethoven’s colossal Cantata on the Death of Emperor Jospeh II for chorus, soloists, and orchestra, and his playful, upbeat Second Symphony combine on this powerful new live recording by 15-time Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony and Chorus. Rarely performed and recorded, the gripping and profoundly moving funeral cantata, composed by a teenage Beethoven, proved a revelation during MTT’s and the Symphony’s May 2013 Beethoven Project. Presented as a premium audio hybrid SACD, this release joins the growing critically acclaimed discography of Beethoven recordings by MTT and SFS.

Tracklist:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87 (38:36)
1. I. Todt, Todt! (7:45)
2. II. Ein Ungeheuer, sein Name Fanatismus (1:30)
3. III. Da kam Joseph (4:44)
4. IV. Da stiegen die Menschen an’s Licht (5:34)
5. V. Er schläft (2:32)
6. VI. Hier schlummert seinen stillen Frieden (7:38)
7. VII. Todt, Todt! (8:53)
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 (34:48
8. I. Adagio molto-Allegro con brio (12:59)
9. II. Larghetto (11:26)
10. III. Scherzo (Allegro) (3:41)
11. IV. Allegro molto (6:42)
Total time: 73:24

Recorded 2-9 May in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California
Producer: Jack Vad

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