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Beethoven – Egmont, Wellingtons Sieg (Wellington's Victory), Märsche (Marches) / Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan / Deutsche Grammophon Audio CD Stereo / 447 912-2

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Beethoven – Egmont, Wellingtons Sieg (Wellington's Victory), Märsche (Marches) / Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan / Deutsche Grammophon Audio CD Stereo / 447 912-2

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Egmont, Op. 84 by Ludwig van Beethoven, is a set of incidental music pieces for the 1787 play of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It consists of an overture followed by a sequence of nine pieces for soprano, male narrator, and full symphony orchestra. The male narrator is optional; he is not used in the play and does not appear in all recordings of the complete incidental music.

Beethoven wrote it between October 1809 and June 1810, and it was premiered on 15 June 1810.

The subject of the music and dramatic narrative is the life and heroism of 16th-century nobleman Lamoral, Count of Egmont from the Low Countries. It was composed during the Napoleonic Wars when the First French Empire had extended its domination over vast swathes of Europe. Beethoven had famously expressed his great outrage over Napoleon Bonaparte's decision to crown himself Emperor in 1804, furiously scratching out his name in the dedication of the Eroica Symphony. In the music for Egmont, Beethoven expressed his own political concerns through the exaltation of the heroic sacrifice of a man condemned to death for having taken a valiant stand against oppression. The Overture became an unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Beethoven composed Klärchen's songs "Die Trommel gerühret" ("The drum is a-stirring") and "Freudvoll und leidvoll" ("Joyful and woeful") with Austrian actress Antonie Adamberger specifically in mind, and she often spoke enthusiastically of her collaboration with him. The music was praised by E.T.A. Hoffmann for its poetry, et sa réussite à s'associer à la pièce (and its success in associating with the play) and Goethe himself declared that Beethoven had expressed his intentions with "a remarkable genius."

The overture is powerful and expressive, one of the last works of Beethoven's middle period. It has become as famous a composition as the Coriolan Overture and is in a style similar to the Fifth Symphony, which he had completed two years earlier.



Wellington's Victory, or the Battle of Vitoria (also called the Battle Symphony; in German: Wellingtons Sieg oder die Schlacht bei Vittoria), Op. 91, is a minor 15-minute-long orchestral work composed by Ludwig van Beethoven to commemorate the Duke of Wellington's victory over Joseph Bonaparte at the Battle of Vitoria in Spain on 21 June 1813. It is known sometimes as "The Battle Symphony" or "The Battle of Vitoria", and was dedicated to the Prince Regent, later King George IV. Composition stretched from August to first week of October 1813, and the piece proved to be a substantial moneymaker for Beethoven.


Label: Deutsche Grammophon – 447 912-2
Series: Beethoven Masterpieces
Format: CD, Compilation, Stereo
Country: Germany
Genre: Classical, Brass & Military
Style: Classical, Romantic, Brass Band


    Musik Zu J. W. von Goethes Trauerspiel »Egmont« Op. 84   (36:50)
Soprano Vocals [Clärchen] – Gundula Janowitz
Speech – Erich Schellow
1   Ouvertüre: Sostenuto, Ma Non Troppo – Allegro  
2   1. Lied (Clärchen) »Die Trommel gerühret«: Vivace  
3   2. Zwischenakt I: Andante – Allegro Con Brio  
4   3. Zwischenakt II: Larghetto  
5   4. Lied (Clärchen) »Freudvoll Und Leidvoll«: Andante Con Moto – Allegro Assai Vivace   
6   5. Zwischenakt III: Allegro – Marcia. Vivace   
7   6. Zwischenakt IV: Poco Sostenuto E Risoluto – Larghetto – Andante Agitato   
8   7. Musik, Clärchens Tod bezeichnend: Larghetto   
9   8. Melodram (Egmont) »Süßer Schlaf«: Poco Sostenuto   
10   9. Siegessymphonie: Allegro Con Brio 1:18
11   Wellingtons Sieg Oder Die Schlacht Bei Vittoria Op. 91  
12   Marsch D-dur WoO 24 7:22
13   Polonaise D-dur WoO 21 2:40
14   Ecossaise D-dur WoO 22 1:31
15   Marsch C-dur WoO 20 »Zapfenstreich« 3:52
16   Marsch B-dur WoO 29 1:15
17   Marsch F-dur WoO 18 »York’scher Marsch« 1:26
18   Marsch F-dur WoO 19 1:46



  • Art Direction Hartmut Pfeiffer
  • Composed By Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Conductor Hans Priem-Bergrath (tracks: 12 to 18), Herbert von Karajan (tracks: 1 to 11)
  • Orchestra Berliner Philharmoniker (tracks: 1 to 11), Bläser der Berliner Philharmoniker* (tracks: 12 to 18)





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