Mackerras: Beethoven - Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (APE)
Mackerras: Beethoven - Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (APE)

Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Mackerras
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Hyperion
Size: 249 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus), ballet, Op. 43
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Scottish Chamber Orchestra, James Clark
Conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras

01. Overture: Adagio – Allegro molto con brio –
02. Introduction ‘La Tempesta’: Allegro non troppo

Act I
03. Poco adagio
04. Adagio – Allegro con brio
05. Allegro vivace

Act II
06. Maestoso – Andante
07. Adagio – Andante quasi allegretto
08. Un poco adagio – Allegro
09. Grave
10. Allegro con brio – Presto
11. Adagio – Allegro molto
12. Pastorale: Allegro
13. Andante
14. Solo di Gioia: Maestoso – Allegro
15. Allegro – Comodo
16. Solo della Casentini: Andante – Adagio – Allegro
17. Solo di Vigan : Andantino – Adagio – Allegro
18. Finale: Allegretto – Allegro molto

“The Creatures of Prometheus”

Beethoven’s “Creatures of Prometheus” is indeed lighter than his 5th symphony, and even his 6th symphony. And it’s not as grand and majestic as his 9th symphony. However, this 70-minute ballet piece is relaxing, and it’s very innovative music. It’s full of colorful orchestrations, lovely solos (though most of them are a bit short), and an almost heavenly atmosphere. It’s perfect music to listen to after a hard day’s work. It also works as background music during reading.

Maestro Mackerras gives a direct and clear account of the score: no exaggeration and no coldness. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra does a nice job with Beethoven’s ballet music. The players make no mistakes; they definitely know their Beethoven. Sound quality from Helios is equal to London/Decca. It’s almost perfect.


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