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  • Audio CD (May 10 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: AUS-Import
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0007XTNZ8
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Les Créatures de Prométhée, ballet op.43 / Scottish Chamber Orchestra, dir. Sir Charles Mackerras

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2802984) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0xa203154c) out of 5 stars "The Creatures of Prometheus" March 26 2009
By Eric S. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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Beethoven's "Creatures of Prometheus" is indeed lighter than his 5th symphony, and even his 6th symphony. And it's not as grand and majestic as his 9th symphony. However, this 70-minute ballet piece is relaxing, and it's very innovative music. It's full of colorful orchestrations, lovely solos (though most of them are a bit short), and an almost heavenly atmosphere. It's perfect music to listen to after a hard day's work. It also works as background music during reading.

Maestro Mackerras gives a direct and clear account of the score: no exaggeration and no coldness. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra does a nice job with Beethoven's ballet music. The players make no mistakes; they definitely know their Beethoven. Sound quality from Helios is equal to London/Decca. It's almost perfect.

Grade: A
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2065d08) out of 5 stars Mythology's inspiring power : a decisive driving force of the vital cycle in Beethoven! Feb. 3 2010
By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One should not to amaze oneself Beethoven had dedicated part of his creative powers in order to challenge the appropriate music for Prometheus. It's well known the profound admiration Beethoven felt for the mythology. It's not a secret the main books set in the upper end of his bed were The Iliad and the Odyssey. It would not be fair to forget that Richard Wagner and Jean Sibelius were strongly inspired by the mythology, in its broad sense.

With the only exception of Fidelio, The creatures of Prometheus is his most extensive stage work during the late 1800 and early 1801. The creative idea for the ballet was proposed by Salvatore Vigano , a Neapolitan dancer and choreographer.

Most of people remind the Overture, but the key clue resides in the fact that the main theme of the last movement is one of the variations of his Third Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" and the main theme of the Piano variations, Op. 35, composed in 1802.

Prometheus comes from that period of Beethoven which carves in relief a new implosion along Beethoven' style. It's a cornerstone in that visible transient period. You can perceive it through the evolution between his Second and Third piano Concertos, the creation of this titanic Symphony No. 3 and the undeniable evolution stylistic of his chamber works, in what many have stated as his heroic period.

Charles MacKerras makes an inspired performance with the Scotish Chamber Orchestra, so keeping into account the few available options in the market, I really recommend this one, without hesitation.

In case you have a vynil recording from the early seventies (as I do) with the Berlin Symphony conducted by Hans Hobert Schoenzeller, from VOX label, try to make a transfer as soon as you can, because while the Vox management be aware of such treasured record.
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HASH(0xa20651b0) out of 5 stars Beethoven's only ballet Dec 27 2011
By D. R. Schryer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Most music lovers are well aware that Beethoven wrote nine symphonies, several concerti, and a host of outstanding piano sonatas and chamber music. He also wrote one opera, Fidelio, for which he composed four overtures and also wrote several other magnificent overtures, including Coriolanus and Egmont. But how many lovers of Beethoven's music are aware that he also wrote a ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus? The Creatures of Prometheus is a fairly early ballet and is much more classical in style than the later highly-Romantic ballets of Tchaikovsky and Delibes. But still it is by Beethoven and is quite good. In fact, Beethoven used one of its themes for the last movement of his Eroica Symphony and the Eroica Variations. If you love the music of this great composer, please listen to this music.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa206572c) out of 5 stars More Than Just an Overture March 31 2014
By Jeffrey - Published on Amazon.com
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After years of just hearing the overture to this selection, I finally purchased the CD so that I could listen to the whole work. This recording has strong orchestral elements and even tones. When a delicate, melodic touch is called for, that's what you get. I highly recommend this recording.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa25cfd20) out of 5 stars ... a Beethoven work that I think should be much better known. Highly recommended Nov. 16 2014
By J. Holland - Published on Amazon.com
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Splendid recording of a Beethoven work that I think should be much better known. Highly recommended.