Beethoven - Incidental Music to ‘Egmont’, Op. 84

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Beethoven - Incidental Music to ‘Egmont’, Op. 84



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Beethoven - Incidental Music to ‘Egmont’, Op. 84


Egmont Incidental Music, Op. 84

March for Military Music in F major WoO 18 "York March"

March No. 2 in F major, WoO 19

Ah! Perfido, Op. 65

Madeleine Pierard (soprano) & Sören Meyer-Eller (narrator)

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd



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Shortly after completing his breathtaking Fifth Symphony, Beethoven composed incidental music for Goethe’s drama, Egmont.

While the Overture is well known, the remaining movements deserve no less attention as they chart the tragic course of Count Egmont’s rebellion against the Spanish occupation of the Netherlands and his ill-fated love for Clara, whose suicide Beethoven movingly portrays.

Two Marches, composed at around the same time, and his concert aria Ah! perfido, written a decade earlier, complement one of Beethoven’s most effective theatrical scores.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, Op. 84


No. 1. Act I Scene 3: Die Trommel geruhret (Clarchen)

No. 2. Entr'acte No. 1: Andante

No. 3. Entr'acte No. 2: Larghetto

No. 4. Act III Scene 2: Freudvoll und leidvoll (Clarchen)

No. 5. Entr'acte No. 3: Allegro - Marcia, Vivace

No. 6. Entr'acte No. 4: Larghetto

No. 7. Act V Scene 3: Death of Clarchen

No. 8. Act V Scene 4: Melodrama (Egmont)

No. 9. Act V Scene 4: Symphony of Victory

Ludwig van Beethoven: March in F major, WoO 18, "Fur die bohmische Landwehr"

March in F major, WoO 18, "Fur die bohmische Landwehr"

Ludwig van Beethoven: March in F major, WoO 19

March in F major, WoO 19

Ludwig van Beethoven: Ah, perfido!, Op. 65

Ah, perfido, Op. 65

The Guardian

11th February 2010


“...the performance is very grand, intense, at times genuinely ecstatic, and there are fine contributions from soprano Madeleine Pierard as a feisty Klärchen. The filler is the concert aria 'Ah! Perfido', which Pierard sings with extraordinary elegance and piercing clarity of tone.”

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