|Ludwig Van Beethoven [1770 - 1827]|
My favorite, and I think most concert goers favorite of the four overtures is the Leonore #3.
Beethoven finally decided to open the opera with the scaled down [in length] "Fidelio overture", the name of the opera. So, I like to say that Beethoven chose overture door #4 to open up his opera. Here is that overture that Beethoven chose.
L.V. Beethoven: Overture to the opera Fidelio:
While Beethoven opened the opera with his Fidelio overture something unique was done in between two parts of the second Act.
When I first published this post, in October of 2015, I had incorrectly stated that it was Beethoven himself who chose to insert the Leonore Overture#3 between scenes in Act 2, making this a unique opera that actually had two overtures performed in it. But thanks to the kind Houston Symphony Orchestra's musical ambassador, Maestro Carlos Andres Botero, I learned that it was not Beethoven, but Carlos Klaiber, who decided to insert the great Leonore Overture #3.
|Maestro Carlos Andres Botero|
Thank you Maestro Botero for that correction.
The Leonore overture #3 is an intensely dramatic, full-scale symphonic movement that is played often in concert halls as a concert overture-a stand alone piece. Usually when you find such a dramatic piece of music it is in a minor key, but Beethoven brilliantly manages to deliver this dramatics in C Major. It is a magnificent piece of music.
Please turn up the volume and put in full screen and watch as Maestro Leonard Bernstein opens up door #3 for this dramatic, exciting and beautiful concert overture from the great "master" Ludwig Van Beethoven.
L.V. Beethoven: Leonore Overture #3 in C Major: