Early Cantatas
Ludwig van Beethoven

Early Cantatas

Corydon Singers / Corydon Orchestra / Matthew Best

CDH 55479 - 0034571154794

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This second disc of Beethoven choral works from the Corydon Singers and Matthew Best includes the composer’s homage to Goethe, Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt, and the famous Opferlied, here performed beautifully by Jean Rigby in the version for soprano, choir and orchestra.
Also featured are two rarely performed and fascinating early works, the Cantatas written around 1790 to mark the death of Joseph II and the accession of his brother Leopold II. Both pieces are full of dramatic action and forthright representation of mood, and the ‘Joseph’ Cantata can quite legitimately be counted one of the composer’s most important early works, displaying remarkable maturity for a nineteen-year-old composer. 

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87: I. Coro: Todt, stöhnt es durch die öde Nacht!
    08:13
  • 2
    Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87: II. Recitativo: Ein Ungeheuer, sein Name Fanatismus
    01:24
  • 3
    Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87: III. Aria: Da kam Joseph, mit Gottes Stärke
    04:49
  • 4
    Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87: IV. Aria con coro: Da stiegen die Menschen an's Licht
    06:28
  • 5
    Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87: V. Recitativo: Er schläft von den Sorgen seiner Welten entladen
    02:36
  • 6
    Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87: VI. Aria: Hier schlummert seinen stillen Frieden
    08:21
  • 7
    Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87: VII. Coro: Todt, stöhnt es durch die öde Nacht!
    09:11
  • 8
    Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II, WoO 88: I. Recitativo con coro: Er schlummert … schlummert!
    04:20
  • 9
    Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II, WoO 88: II. Aria: Fliesse, Wonnezähre, fliesse!
    09:37
  • 10
    Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II, WoO 88: III. Recitativo: Ihr staunt, Völker der Erde!
    00:42
  • 11
    Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II, WoO 88: IV. Recitativo – Terzetto: Wie bebt mein Herz vor Wonne! – Ihr, die Joseph ihren Vater nannten
    04:07
  • 12
    Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II, WoO 88: V. Coro: Heil! Stürzet nieder, Millionen
    04:41
  • 13
    Opferlied, Op. 121b
    06:53
  • 14
    Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112
    08:21