Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 & Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II
Sally Matthews (soprano), Tamara Mumford (mezzo-soprano), Barry Banks (tenor), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass-baritone)
San Francisco Symphony, with San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Michael Tilson Thomas
Tilson Thomas and what sounds like a large body of San Franciscans, both choral and orchestral, manage the dynamic contrasts very well. Andrew Foster-Williams gives a vivid account...— Gramophone Magazine,
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony pair Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and the Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, expertly abetted by the superb San Francisco Symphony Chorus and an international quartet of soloists.
Beethoven’s colossal Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II for chorus, soloists, and orchestra, and his playful, upbeat Second Symphony combine on this powerful live recording by 15-time Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony and Chorus. Rarely performed and recorded, the gripping and profoundly moving funeral cantata, composed by a teenage Beethoven, proved a revelation during MTT’s and the Symphony’s May 2013 Beethoven Project. Presented as a premium audio hybrid SACD, this release joins the growing critically acclaimed discography of Beethoven recordings by MTT and SFS.
Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
Beethoven: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36