Beethoven – Complete Orchestral Works Volume 11

Performing with: Swedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro

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.


Beethoven’s Prometheus

There are great works by Beethoven that are virtually never performed. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra Örebro and their chief conductor Dausgaard present one of them here in their series with the complete orchestral works of the master. The ballet The Creatures of Prometheus was premiered in 1801 at the court theathre in Vienna, and the music is Beethoven’s only extensive contribution to the genre. In those days the theme of Prometheus was often connected to Napoleon – the man who was supposed to save mankind. It is well known how Beethoven turned completely in his views of Napoleon, and the theme in the finale of the ballet music reoccurs in many later works – most prominently as the theme for the variations 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. They were first heard at a Ball organised by the Viennese Artists’ Pension Fund on 22 November 1795. In the German Dances we find many popular features including ‘Turkish’ musical effects (triangle, tambourin and bass drum), and also styles of melody found for instance in Papageno’s music in Mozarts ‘The Magic Flute’.


Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
1. Ouverture. Adagio
2. Introduction. Allegro non troppo
3. I Poco Adagio
4. II Adagio
5. III Allegro vivace
6. IV Zweiter Akt. Maestoso, Andante
7. V Adagio
8. VI Un poco adagio, Allegro
9. VII Grave
10. VIII Allegro con brio
11. IX Adagio
12. X Pastorale. Allegro
13. XI Andante
14. XII Maestoso
15. XIII Allegro
16. XIV Andante
17. XV Andantino
18. XVI Finale. Allegretto

Beethoven: Twelve Menuets, Wo0 7
19. I
20. II
21. III
22. IV
23. V
24. VI
25. VII
26. VIII
27. IX
28. X
29. XI
30. XII