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  • Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0007XTNZ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture: Adagio - Allegro Molto Con Brio
2. Introduction 'La Tempesta': Allegro non troppo
3. Poco Adagio
4. Adagio - Allegro Con Brio
5. Allegro Vivace
6. Maestoso - Andante
7. Adagio - Andante Quasi Allegretto
8. Un Poco Adagio - Allegro
9. Grave
10. Allegro Con Brio - Presto
11. Adagio - Allegro Molto
12. Pastorale: Allegro
13. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
14. Solo di Gioia: Maestoso - Allegro
15. Allegro - Comodo
16. Solo della Casentini: Andante - Adagio - Allegro
17. Solo di Vigano: Andantino - Adagio - Allegro
18. Finale: Allegretto - Allegro molto

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Les Créatures de Prométhée, ballet op.43 / Scottish Chamber Orchestra, dir. Sir Charles Mackerras

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BravoBaroque on 18 April 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Beethoven wrote ballet music?yes you'd better believe it.
However don't expect something light,frothy and easily passed off.
This real Beethoven writing music for a ballet(1801) with a very dark & dramatic plot.
There is much in this music that would reappear(not literally) in Beethoven's later and mature works,but this work is very worth hearing it's a complete and really well formed work in it's own right,written when he was 31 (the year after the premiere of his 1st Symphony)
As there only appear to be two recordings of this work(complete)?the other on Naxos,this version is enhanced by the fact that it is played by a chamber orchestra(the Scottish)
Because of this it comes over as a translucent,clear and fresh interpretation;which could be lost by a full symphony orchestra,and is the hands of the(late) great Charles Mackerras
A wonderful rare Beethoven recording,and well worth adding to your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lesser-known Beethoven, exquisitely wrought by the SCO 21 Aug. 2005
By chefdevergue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While this is one of the lesser-known works in the Beethoven canon, it is by no means deserving of its relative obscurity. As the liner notes indicate, this ballet (commissioned & composed in 1801) marks the first forays by Beethoven into his Romantic style, leaving behind the Classical forms of the previous decade. As he composed this music, he was opening doors that would lead to the masterpieces of the coming decade.

It is also interesting music inasmuch as Beethoven employed scoring unique to this piece. The notes indicate that he never wrote again for the bassett horn, other than for this piece. The harp is featured prominently throughout the ballet, as is the solo cello. Good luck trying to find other Beethoven compositions that sound like this.

As usual, Mackerras & the SCO never fails to delight. I have added yet another SCO recording to my collection which is simply wonderful. I have yet to come across a recording by the SCO that isn't absolutely top-notch. Any serious Beethoven devotee should have this recording, as should any admirer of the SCO. Just marvelous in every respect!
Essential Listening for true aficionados Beethoven's Music 22 May 2015
By Cav & Pag - Published on Amazon.com
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For any longstanding, committed lover of Beethoven's music, even THIS unusual multi-CD set is essential (even if in a somewhat EXTENDED sense of that word). In addition to the very famous items, it also includes more unusual ones, e.g. his COMPLETE stage music for 'The Ruins of Athens', not just its Overture (which is itself amongst the lesser known of his works in that genre). There are also many shorter items, which, though not of great importance, still 'fill in' our view of Beethoven's music, as in: Even the 'workshop chippings' of a great, universal composer like Beethoven are of interest. Beethoven having an 'off day' is still preferable to quite a few lesser composers at their best! This set is obviously not for everyone, but for true aficionados of Beethoven's music, it must be of interest. The estimated Delivery Date, however (from the 19th May to the 19th June) was exceeded by three day, but 'Good things are always worth waiting for'..
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Mythology's inspiring power : a decisive driving force of the vital cycle in Beethoven! 3 Feb. 2010
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One should not to amaze oneself Beethoven had dedicated part of his creative powers in order to challenge the appropriate music for Prometheus. It's well known the profound admiration Beethoven felt for the mythology. It's not a secret the main books set in the upper end of his bed were The Iliad and the Odyssey. It would not be fair to forget that Richard Wagner and Jean Sibelius were strongly inspired by the mythology, in its broad sense.

With the only exception of Fidelio, The creatures of Prometheus is his most extensive stage work during the late 1800 and early 1801. The creative idea for the ballet was proposed by Salvatore Vigano , a Neapolitan dancer and choreographer.

Most of people remind the Overture, but the key clue resides in the fact that the main theme of the last movement is one of the variations of his Third Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" and the main theme of the Piano variations, Op. 35, composed in 1802.

Prometheus comes from that period of Beethoven which carves in relief a new implosion along Beethoven' style. It's a cornerstone in that visible transient period. You can perceive it through the evolution between his Second and Third piano Concertos, the creation of this titanic Symphony No. 3 and the undeniable evolution stylistic of his chamber works, in what many have stated as his heroic period.

Charles MacKerras makes an inspired performance with the Scotish Chamber Orchestra, so keeping into account the few available options in the market, I really recommend this one, without hesitation.

In case you have a vynil recording from the early seventies (as I do) with the Berlin Symphony conducted by Hans Hobert Schoenzeller, from VOX label, try to make a transfer as soon as you can, because while the Vox management be aware of such treasured record.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"The Creatures of Prometheus" 26 Mar. 2009
By Eric S. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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.

Grade: A
A terrific ballet by Beethoven. 13 July 2015
By Whetstone Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Beethoven was a genius and this is part of his body of work. I highly recommend.
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