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Beethoven: Choral Fantasy (1987)
Starring: Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman
Category: Music, Special Interest
Studio: Pioneer Studios
52 mins



   SynopsisThe Choral Fantasy was the first time Beethoven united instrumental and vocal music into one seamless and masterful work.This production features the pianist, Gerhard Oppitz and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti as well as the Sudfunk Choir directed by Joseph Beischer.It was recorded in the magnificent 500-year old Gothic Amandus Church in Bad Urach, Germany.The second part of this program again features Gerhard Oppits, a leading pianist renowned for his expressive yet forceful touch.Oppitz is captured here at his best, performing Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in d minor BWV903 and Franz Liszt's Variations on Bach's Cantata No. 12 (Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen).