Beethoven, Méhul Symphonies
Christoph König / Solistes Européens, Luxembourg, Conductor / ensemble

RCD1020
November 2017

A tale of two symphonies – one, Beethoven’s Third Symphony ‘Eroica’ changed the course of the symphony, and prepared the way for Brahms, Dvorák, Mahler & Bruckner’s symphonies. But it is also very much a work of its time – revolutionary France, violent upheavals in Europe – and the symphony’s amended dedication, ‘Eroica – to the memory of a great man’ (initially it was dedicated to Napoleon), saw Beethoven capture the drama and political tensions of the time in an electrifying way. Méhul’s edgy First Symphony from the very same period is another child of this revolutionary firmament. Maybe not genre defining, but a significant work in its own right, and Méhul strikes out in his own distinctive early romantic style.

 TitleDuration
1. Méhul: Symphony No.1 in G minor - I Allegro 6.21
  2. Méhul: Symphony No.1 in G minor - II Andante 7.20
  3. Méhul: Symphony No.1 in G minor - III Menuet: Allegro moderato 4.24
  4. Méhul: Symphony No.1 in G minor - IV Finale: Allegro agitato 5.51
  5. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat major 'Eroica' - I Allegro con brio 16.30
6. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat major 'Eroica' - II Marcia funebre, Adagio assai 14.16
  7. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat major 'Eroica' - III Scherzo: Allegro vivace 5.43
  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat major 'Eroica' - IV Finale: Allegro molto 11.24
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