Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
April 2013
Simax

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Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Twelve Menuets, Twelve German Dances

On this CD, part of a series of critically acclaimed recordings of the complete orchestral works of Beethoven, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro and conductor Thomas Dausgaard perform one of the composer’s lesser known pieces, the ballet music The Creatures of Prometheus.

The disc also includes two other Beethoven rarities, the Twelve Menuets and Twelve German Dances. The music for the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus is Beethoven’s only extensive contribution to the genre. The theme in the finale reoccurs in many later works, most notably in the ‘Eroica’ symphony. The two sets of dances recorded here form part of a tradition of popular dance music to which Haydn, Mozart and Schubert also contributed.

Tracklisting

Ludwig van Beethoven

CD 1
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 42
1. Overture. Adagio 4:44
2. Introduction. Allegro non troppo 1:56
3. I. Poco Adagio 3:05
4. II. Adagio 1:36
5. III.Allegro vivace 2:05
6. IV. Act 2. Maestoso, Andante 1:51
7. V. Adagio 7:11
8. VI. Un poco adagio, Allegro 1:20
9. VII. Grave 3:56
10. VIII. Allegro con brio 7:14
11. IX. Adagio 3:27
12. X. Pastorale. Allegro 2:21
13. XI. Andante 0:22
14. XII. Maestoso 2:52
15. XIII. Allegro 4:18
16. XIV Andante 4:56
17. XV. Andantino 4:49
18. XVI. Finale. Allegretto 6:31

CD2

Twelve Menuets
1. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: I 1:55
2. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: II 1:49
3. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: III 1:33
4. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: IV 1:59
5. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: V 1:50
6. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: VI 1:46
7. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: VII 1:58
8. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: VIII 2:06
9. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: IX 1:48
10. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: X 2:06
11. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: XI 1:56
12. Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7: XII 2:01

Twelve German Dances
13. Twelve German Dances: I 0:36
14. Twelve German Dances: II 1:12
15. Twelve German Dances: III 1:28
16. Twelve German Dances: IV 1:29
17. Twelve German Dances: V 1:26
18. Twelve German Dances: VI 1:33
19. Twelve German Dances: VII 1:20
20. Twelve German Dances: VIII 1:18
21. Twelve German Dances: IX 1:14
22. Twelve German Dances: X 1:14
23. Twelve German Dances: XI 1:03
24. Twelve German Dances: XII 3:24

Reviews

“It is to Dausgaard’s credit that he neither condescends nor elevates the material beyond its station…Instead of the mature composer looking backwards, Dausgaard wisely gives us the precocious student of Haydn.” – Gramophone Magazine

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