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Work: Oratorio "Christus am Ölberge" (Christ on the Mount of Olives), Op.85

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ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeChoral
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Beethoven: Oratorio "Christus am Ölberge" (Christ on the Mount of Olives), Op.85
Orchestra della Svizzera italiana; Diego Fasolis; Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana
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Outstanding Beethoven, disappointing Berg from the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO in Berg and Beethoven © Mark Allan
With fabulous solo singing from Pavol Breslik and Elsa Dreisig, Beethoven's only oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives turns out to be a gem. Sadly, the Berg Violin Concerto misses the mark.
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Passion week begins in Vienna with Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge

This opening concert to Vienna OsterKlang festival was a reproduction of sorts: on 5th April 1803 a slate of Beethoven works including the first and second symphonies, the third piano concerto and the oratorio Christus am Ölberge was performed in this very theatre.
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Eine Engelgazelle vom Himmel: Berg und Beethoven in Baden-Baden

Lisa Batiashvili und Sir Simon Rattle © Manolo Press | Michael Bode
Alban Bergs Zwölftonmusik trifft auf Ludwig van Beethovens klassische Strenge: Sir Simon Rattle wagt einen Vergleich.
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Ode an das Zweifeln: Trojahn-Beethoven-Doppelabend am Theater Bonn

Ein Brief: Holger Falk (Chandos) © Thilo Beu
Das Theater Bonn widmet sich im Beethovenjahr 2020 dem Komponisten mit einer Auftragskomposition Manfrad Trojhans.
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L'Ange et le Séraphin : Sir Simon Rattle et le LSO à la Philharmonie

Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
Le London Symphony Orchestra et ses chœurs, dirigés par Simon Rattle, interprètent avec maestria Le Christ au mont des Oliviers de Beethoven. Dans Berg, la violoniste Lisa Batiashvili peine à incarner la partition.
****1
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