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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Glorreiche Augenblick (Der) / Choral Fantasy (McCawley, City of London Choir, Royal Philharmonic, Wetton)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2012

Originally recorded in 2012


Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra

Wetton, Hilary Davan

Claire Rutter


Stephen Gadd


Julian Davies


Matilde Wallevik


Hilary Davan Wetton


Westminster Abbey Choir BoysWestminster Boys' ChoirCity of London Choir

Westminster Boys' ChoirCity of London ChoirWestminster Abbey Choir Boys

City of London ChoirWestminster Abbey Choir BoysWestminster Boys' Choir

City of London Choir


Cadogan Hall, London, England

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Total Time - 57:41
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Glorreiche Augenblick (Der) / Choral Fantasy (McCawley, City of London Choir, Royal Philharmonic, Wetton)

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Der glorreiche Augenblick, Op. 136

1 Europa steht! (Chorus) 4:07
 Claire Rutter Soloist


2 Recitative: O seht sie nah' und naher treten! (Fuhrer des Volkes, Genius, Chorus) 4:29
 Stephen Gadd Soloist
3 Aria with Chorus: O Himmel, welch' Entzucken! (Vienna, Chorus) 9:53
 Hilary Davan Wetton Soloist
4 Recitative: Das Auge schaut (Seherin, Chorus) 7:00
 Matilde Wallevik Soloist


5 Recitative and Quartet: Der den Bund im Sturme fest gehalten (Seherin, Vienna, Fuhrer des Volkes, Genius) 8:12
 Claire Rutter Soloist


6 Es treten hervor (Chorus) 4:11
 Matilde Wallevik Soloist



Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80, "Choral Fantasy"

 Julian Davies Soloist
 Wetton, Hilary Davan

Beethoven’s unusual cantata Der glorreiche Augenblick (The Glorious Moment) is filled with patriotic praise for Vienna and tributes to the kings and princes of Europe after the defeat of Napoleon. It was performed alongside his symphonic Wellington’s Victory at its première in 1814. The Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra opens with a virtuosic, improvisatory Adagio for the piano. The work’s main theme anticipates the famous Ode to Joy setting Beethoven later devised for his Choral Symphony.

"All strive in this performance ...impelled by the conducting of Hilary Davan Wetton, who has a comprehensive grasp of the score. From grandeur to contemplation, the mix of many elements is persuasively interpreted ... well worth experiencing ... the Choral Fantasia is striking Beethoven. Leon McCawley plays the 26-bar solo introduction with a sense of ad-lib abandon, coruscating in the hailstorm of notes at its fortissimo climax. And he maintains throughout a feel for the improvisatory quality of the part ... a very good performance ..."

Nalen Anthoni - Gramophone magazine - September 2012


"...The Choral Fantasy a persuasive performance, nicely shaped and controlled by the conductor.  A good recording…of two of Beethoven’s second-tier pieces. Special thanks to Wetton, a strong advocate of these seldom-heard works."

Paul L Althouse - American Record Guide - September 2012

"...The soloists are generally impressive ...The choirs are consistently excellent and they make light of Beethoven’s demanding vocal writing. The playing of the Royal Philharmonic is first-rate in every way, revealing an adoption of historically informed performance practice. Hilary Davan Wetton’s enthusiasm and love for both works is obvious, and, along with Naxos, he deserves special kudos for recording this Beethoven rarity...."

David A McConnell - - July 2012

"...With first-rate recorded sound, the disc is strongly recommended..."

Misha Donat - BBC Music Magazine - July 2012

"The soloists are all absolutely superb. Claire Rutter barnstorms her way through her aria—which features a starry contribution from Clio Gould in the obbligato violin solo. Peter Hoare and Stephen Gadd ... do what they are given very well. The four voices combine very happily in the quartet which precedes the final chorus. The combined choirs in that final chorus really whip up a storm accompanied by a battery of ‘Turkish’ percussion which in some ways anticipates the similar passage in the final movement of the Choral Symphony. The orchestra under the energetic baton of Hilary Davan Wetton really sound as if they enjoy discovering this music ... The Choral Fantasia is a much more familiar work, and has been frequently employed as a ‘fill-up’ when an additional Beethoven work is needed to complete collections of the piano concertos as well as various choral works. It is ... a worthwhile piece in its own right, and the performance here is pretty good without being overblown. Leon McCawley does everything he can with the opening for solo piano ... In summary, the work for which the listener should hear this CD is the almost totally unknown cantata—Beethoven at his mature best... The recording quality is absolutely superb even in the tricky balances of the Choral Fantasia, well balanced and clear in the Royal Philharmonic’s own concert hall."

Paul Corfield Godfrey - - June 2012

"...Davan-Wetton conducts a glowing account and the singing of both the City of London Choir and the Westminster Boys Choir is exemplary. The soloists, too, are in fine form and the RPO plays with panache and poise. The Choral Fantasia is much better known and gives us a chance to appreciate Leon McCawley who shapes the solo piano part with style and receives strong support from Choir and Orchestra..."

James Norris - - June 2012

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