Méhul: Symphony No. 1 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" Christoph König & Soloists Européens Luxembourg
- Etienne Nicolas Méhul (1763 - 1817): Symphony No. 1 G Minor:
- 1Symphony No. 1 G Minor: I. Allegro06:20
- 2Symphony No. 1 G Minor: II. Andante07:20
- 3Symphony No. 1 G Minor: III. Menuetto04:24
- 4Symphony No. 1 G Minor: IV. Finale. Allegro agitato05:51
- Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op.55 "Eroica":
- 5Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op.55 "Eroica": I. Allegro con brio16:30
- 6Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op.55 "Eroica": II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai14:16
- 7Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op.55 "Eroica": III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace05:43
- 8Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op.55 "Eroica": IV. Finale. Allegro molto11:24
Info for Méhul: Symphony No. 1 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"
A tale of two symphonies – one, Beethoven’s Third Symphony „Eroica“ changed the course of the symphony, and prepared the way for Brahms, Dvorák, Mahler & Bruckner’s symphonies. But it is also very much a work of its time – revolutionary France, violent upheavals in Europe – and the symphony’s amended dedication, „Eroica – to the memory of a great man“ (initially it was dedicated to Napoleon), saw Beethoven capture the drama and political tensions of the time in an electrifying way. Méhul’s edgy First Symphony from the very same period is another child of this revolutionary firmament. Maybe not genre defining, but a significant work in its own right, and Méhul strikes out in his own distinctive early romantic style.
For our first live recording on Rubicon Classics we thought carefully about which repertoire to choose from. When we look at music history and its impact on our time, it can be rather puzzling that our view of some of the most famous and influential composers seems to be rather monochromatic. We emphasize the influence of composers like Bach and Beethoven on theirs and later generations of musicians and tend to neglect the reciprocal influence all their contemporaries have had on them. In this sense it is striking to see the influence French Revolution composers like Grétry, Méhul, and Gossec exerted on Ludwig van Beethoven. More so, because they are widely forgotten whilst Beethoven – and Bach for that matter – remains a pillar of classical music reception. For a long time it has been my wish to juxtapose in concert and recording works by Méhul and Beethoven. The last movement of Méhul’s First Symphony in G minor in particular, is a reminder of how embedded Beethoven was in a much wider field of musical activity than is nowadays perceived and what he achieved only a short time later with a very similar material, style, and attitude.
Soloists Europeens Luxembourg
Christoph König, conductor
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