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

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


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


£15.99 (Hybrid SACD)


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.


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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