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Ludwig van Beethoven: The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113



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Die Ruinen von Athen (‘The Ruins of Athens’) was composed to celebrate the opening of the new German theatre in Pest in 1812. Designed to accompany the play of that name by August von Kotzebue, its incidental music is substantial enough to form a kind of one-act Singspiel. It is full of attractive arias, duets and choruses and includes the famous Turkish March. Though the work’s theme was rooted in Greek mythology, in reality it was explicitly political in nature, celebrating Pest as ‘the new Athens’. This is the first ever recording of the work with full narration.
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Item number 8574076
Barcode 747313407675
Release date 14/02/2020
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Label Naxos Classics
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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