THE HALLÉ CONCERT
The Free Trade Hall, Manchester
THE HALLE ORCHESTRA
(Leader, ALFRED BARKER )
Conducted by GEORG SZELL
Beethoven's overture and incidental music to Goethe's Egmont were completed in 1810, and therefore represent the composer at the height of his powers. As a piece of dramatic writing in terms of ' pure ' music, and for fertility of invention and imaginative treatment, this overture has few, if any, equals outside, perhaps, one or two other similar works of Beethoven himself. Indeed, Beethoven's music perfectly expresses Motley's description of Egmont in his ' Rise of the Dutch Republic': Terrible and sudden in wrath ... a splendid soldier whose evil star destined him to tread, as a politician, a dark and dangerous path....'
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