Beethoven: Egmont, Op. 84 (Live) Elisabeth Breuer, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra & Aapo Häkkinen
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827):
- 1Egmont, Op. 84: I. Overture (Live)11:14
- 2Egmont, Op. 84: II. Die Trommel gerühret (Live)03:50
- 3Egmont, Op. 84: III. Entracte I. Andante (Live)05:26
- 4Egmont, Op. 84: IV. Entracte II. Larghetto (Live)06:03
- 5Egmont, Op. 84: V. Freudvoll und leidvoll (Live)02:09
- 6Egmont, Op. 84: VI. Entracte III. Allegro - Marcia. Vivace (Live)06:26
- 7Egmont, Op. 84: VII. Entracte IV. Poco sostenuto e risoluto - Larghetto - Andante agitato (Live)04:55
- 8Egmont, Op. 84: VIII. Clärchens Tod (Live)05:01
- 9Egmont, Op. 84: IX. Melodrama. Poco sostenuto - Poco vivace - Andante con moto (Live)06:00
- 10Egmont, Op. 84: X. Siegessymphonie. Allegro con brio (Live)01:13
Info for Beethoven: Egmont, Op. 84 (Live)
This album by the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra playing on period instruments under the direction of Aapo Hakkinen includes Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770-1827) complete incidental music to Goethe's Egmont. Beethoven started to write the incidental music to Goethe's Egmont in the autumn of 1809. The recent experience of Napoleon's siege of Vienna, the Spanish uprising against the French, and the ubiquitous awareness of the hand of the oppressor inspired him to write music in which the drama develops into the musical vision of the Wars of Liberation. It was a commission from the management of the Imperial Court Theatre in Vienna, which in October 1809, oppressed by Napoleon on all sides, had turned again to Egmont, with a view to putting on a new production. Beethoven was tasked with providing the essential and indispensable music, which was however played only from the fourth performance of the new production in June 1810. Beethoven had recently become an ardent reader and admirer of Goethe. He had set Mignon's song Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt four times in 1808 alone, and this had started an intense preoccupation with songs to Goethe texts. In a letter to Bettina von Arnim in February 1811 Beethoven writes: "My most sincere admiration ... for Goethe ... I am about to write to him myself about Egmont, for which I have written the music, which I did out of sheer love for his poetry ... ". What distinguishes Beethoven's Egmont are great dramatic emotion of style, tightly unified musical ideas, and an absolute determination to create a sense of the triumph of freedom as the Utopian dream of the whole of mankind. The overture, the only one of the ten numbers to be heard regularly today in the concert-hall, draws all these intentions together in concentrated form. Its meaning is revealed only in context, together with the interludes and the final musical episodes.
Elisabeth Breuer, soprano
Robert Hunger-Bühler, recitation
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Aapo Häkkinen, conductor
studied singing with Elisabeth Batrice at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, with whom she still closely collaborates.
As a versatile concert singer she performed with the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Norddeutsche Radiophilharmonie, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Akademie, the Zürcher Kammerorchester, the Kölner Kammerorchester, the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, the Concentus Musicus Wien or the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra. Her work with conductors such as Daniel Harding, Asher Fisch, Franz Welser-Möst, Andrew Manze, Federico Maria Sadelli, Dennis Russell Davies, Howard Griffiths, Hansjörg Albrecht, Martin Haselböck, Risto Joost, Ruben Jais or Christoph Poppen has taken her to the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Munich Philharmonie am Gasteig, the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm or the Vienna Musikverein. In December 2018 Elisabeth Breuer made her debut at the Elbphilharmonie, in February 2019 she appeared for the first time at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice singing Elisa in Mozart‘s Il Re Pastore.
From 2009 to 2016 the artist was a member of the Landestheater Linz where she could acquire a rich repertory in opera and operetta. Important roles in Linz have been Gretel, Norina, Musetta, Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites), Despina, Bellezza (Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno), Anne Frank (The diary of Anne Frank), Adele or the soprano part in Carmina burana. In 2016 she appeared as Donna Fulvia in Rossini's La pietra del paragone at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, followed by her debut at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples with Der Zwerg by Alexander Zemlinsky. At the Opera of Cologne she sang the part of Christel in Carl Zeller's operetta Der Vogelhändler, in 2017 she performed as Papagena at the Teatro Regio in Turin and made her debut at the Neue Oper Wien singing Clemens Maria Staud's Die Antilope. In the recent past she sang the part of Sivene in Gluck's Le Cinesi at the Styriarte Festival in Graz.
In 2013 Elisabeth Breuer was nominated the Österreichische Musiktheaterpreis for her performance of Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites). In 2014 she has been awarded the Jungensemblepreis of the Music Theatre Linz and recently the visitors of the Linzer Landestheater elected her as their "Darling of the public 2015/16" wherefore she received the Richard Tauber Medal.