Magnificant battles pictured in Music. This doesnít happen often, but when it does it is a spectacular listen.
SLAG BIJ WATERLOO: (BATTLE OF WATERLOO)
Silberman has made this battle come to life. This piece tells the story of Napoleonís defeat, the build up to the inevitable defeat is extraordinary. One can feel the longings, determination and loyalty of the soldiers. The manner in which Silbermann has incorporated the national anthems as a sign victory or defeat is very vivid.
Koennemann tells one of the four parts of Der Fremersberg. This part is devoted to the journey of a hunting party; during this trip the weather turns on them and they are offered shelter in an inn. When the thunderstorm passes they continue the hunt. This bombastic piece is a musical illustration of impressions and moods.
PIET HEIN RAPSODIE:
Van Anrooy, at first, wrote this piece mainly as a fantasy or a paraphrase on the Dutch anthem. In 1901 he continued to finish it. However this piece tells the story of the Battle in the Bay of Matanzas in which Piet Hein defeats the Spanish Treasurefleet.
Beethoven was renowned in his time for his version of the final defeat of Napolean at Waterloo, less so for his ( now overly famous) 7th symphony which premiered simultaneously. Wellingtons Sieg tells the story of the Battle at Vittoria in 1813 between the Brits and the French. The power that Beethoven is able to project in the music is astonishing.
Tchaikovsky plays with the French anthem, the Marseillaise, as well as the Russian Orthodox Churchmusic; which unavoidably ends in cannon fire, right through the church bells in Moscow. This piece entails Napoleon invading Russia in 1812 when he is crushed by the Russians, impressive as it is eventhough clearly inspired by earlier pieces of battles by Beethoven.
This release was a bestseller on vinyl and now made available again on CD.