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Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives (Christus Am Ölberge)

Sir Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Pavol Breslik, Elsa Dreisig, David Soar

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Christ on the Mount of Olives (Christus Am Ölberge), Op. 85  
1.1
No. 1a. Introduzione. Grave - Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra
4:57
1.2
No. 1b. Recitativo. "Jehova, du mein Vater!"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Pavol Breslik
3:10
1.3
No. 1c. Aria. "Meine Seele ist erschüttert"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Pavol Breslik
4:22
1.4
No. 2a. Recitativo. "Erzittre, Erde!"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Elsa Dreisig
1:29
1.5
No. 2b. Aria. "Preist des Erlösers Güte"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Elsa Dreisig
0:55
1.6
No. 2c. Chor der Engel. "O Heil euch ihr Erlösten"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Elsa Dreisig; London Symphony Chorus
6:24
1.7
No. 3a. Recitativo. "Verkündet, Seraph, mir dein Mund"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Pavol Breslik; Elsa Dreisig
1:03
1.8
No. 3b. Duetto. "So ruhe dann mit ganzer Schwere"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Pavol Breslik; Elsa Dreisig
4:19
1.9
No. 4a. Recitativo. "Willkommen, Tod!"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Pavol Breslik
1:08
1.10
No. 4b. Chor der Krieger. "Wir haben ihn gesehen"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus
1:57
1.11
No. 5a. Recitativo. "Die mich zu fangen ausgezogen sind"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Pavol Breslik
1:24
1.12
No. 5b. Chor der Krieger, Chor der Jünger. "Hier ist er, der Verbannte"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus
2:09
1.13
No. 6a. Recitativo. "Nicht ungestraft soll der Verwegnen Schar"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Pavol Breslik; David Soar
1:16
1.14
No. 6b. Terzetto. "In meinen Adern wühlen unbändig Zorn und Wut"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Pavol Breslik; Elsa Dreisig; David Soar
4:17
1.15
No. 6c. Chor der Krieger, Chor der Jünger. "Auf, auf! Ergreifet den Verräter"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; Pavol Breslik; London Symphony Chorus
2:39
1.16
No. 6d. Chor der Engel. "Welten singen Lob und Ehre"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus
1:03
1.17
No. 6e. Chor der Engel. "Preiset ihn, ihr Engelschöre"
Ludwig van Beethoven; Franz Xaver Huber; Sir Simon Rattle; London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus
2:42
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Total Playing Time    45:14
Composed in 1803, while Beethoven was also writing the 'Eroica' Symphony, Christ on the Mount of Olives (Christus am Ölberge) is the composer's only oratorio, and combines the emotive force of his later Missa Solemnis with the theatre of a Bach Passion. With orchestra, chorus and soloists, it tells the story of Jesus' prayer and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane and reflects the emotional pressure Beethoven was under at the time. This recording by Sir Simon Rattle, with acclaimed singers Elsa Dreisig, Pavol Breslik and David Soar was made during the London Symphony Orchestra's celebration of Beethoven's 250th anniversary.

'When I came to the Mount of Olives, I immediately was simply puzzled. Why isn't this piece played? Of course, it's a mixed piece and there are weird flaws and edges but so there are in the Ninth Symphony, they're part of the personality. It's a fascinating moment in his life when he was starting really to deal with his hearing loss. He'd written the Heiligenstadt Testament, where he really confessed to his suicidal thoughts on losing the single-most important ability a musician could have. There is a kind of unearthly, underground sensation of some of it, there's also a real feeling of naive belief in the possibility of things being better. I think it is completely heaven."
- Sir Simon Rattle
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