There are 14 tracks on today’s CD. And about that many credits – maybe more – for performers.
In addition, all of the compositions appear to be a dozen words long, in German.
So I shan’t be listing either side of the equation; otherwise, I’d be spending all of my time writing down the specifics rather than listening to the music and/or getting on with my life, which I am wont to do.
That written, I will point out that the first track (“Meersstille und gluckliche Fahrt Cantata Op. 112”). Now, if this blog was an episode of, say, South Park, the kids in that series would snigger themselves silly over the word “Fahrt.” The German pronunciation is quite similar to the English word “fart,” only with a slightly different enunciation of the “ar.” The German “Fahrt” is pronounced more like “f-ah-rt.” The English pronunciation of the word “fart” is more like “f-are-t.”
Still, those South Park kids would have a field day with that one, just on sight alone.
Anyone who says only orchestras in Europe should be taken seriously haven’t heard the Minnesota Symphony. Their performances of these Beethoven works is spectacular, as is the recording itself. Rich and clear.
Here’s what’s on Beethoven CD 12:
1. Coriolan – Overture Op. 62 (composed 1807)
2. Namensfeier – Overture Op 115 (composed 1815)
3. Gratulationsmenuett Wo03
4. Triumphal March from Tarpeja Wo02
5. Fugue in D Wo031
5 Stucke Fur Flotenuhr Wo033
5. Allegro non piu molto
7. Adagio assai
8. Scherzo: Allegro
11. Grenadiermarsch Hess 107
Wellington’s Victory or The Battle of Vittoria Op. 91 (Composed 1813)
12. British Entrance
13. French Entrance
14. Battle: Allegro
15. March: Allegro assai
16. Victory: Allegro con brio
There’s something about organ works that immediately reminds me of three things: Continue reading →