Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: 'Resound, Vol 3' Egmont

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: 'Resound, Vol 3' Egmont

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Beethoven

'Resound, Vol 3' Egmont, Op 84 (a) (with (b) German and (c) English narration). Die Weihe des Hauses, Op 124 (a) Bernarda Bobro sop bHerbert Fottinger, (c) John Malkovich spkrs Vienna Academy Orchestra / Martin Haselbock Alpha (B) (2) ALPHA472 (111' * DDD * T/t)

It is something of an irony that Goethe conceived his five-act prose tragedy Egmont to include music but provided none, while the incidental music that Beethoven later provided (with Goethe's knowledge and approval) has always struggled to find a life beyond the play.

Even on record, chances to hear anything other than the famous Overture have tended to be few and far between. For many years the field was held by George Szell's 1969 Vienna Philharmonic recording with soprano Pilar Lorengar and the celebrated Burgtheater actor Klausjurgen Wussow narrating a shortened version of the Goethe-derived text which Grillparzer added in 1834 to provide context for Beethoven's music (Decca, 10/70-nla).

This new Alpha Classics recording is the first to offer both a German version of the Grillparzer re-enactment and an English one. …

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