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1. Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138
2. Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a
3. Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
4. Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture
5. Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens), Op. 113 (excerpts)
6. Overture
7. Turkish March
8. March and Chorus: Schmückt die Altäre

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Much has been written about Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, formerly Leonore. Beethoven worked on it on and off for almost a decade. During that time the four different overtures included on this recording were composed. They are substantially different, not only in length but also in themes, while the Fidelio overture is composed in a different key and uses no material from the opera itself. The Ruins of Athens is a set of incidental music pieces composed for the opening of the Deutsches Theater in today's Budapest. Even though only the Turkish March is often heard today, many listeners may be familiar rather with Liszt's fantasia for piano and orchestra on themes of this score. Stanislaw Skrowaczewski began to play the piano and the violin at the age of four, composed his first symphonic work at seven, gave his first public piano recital when he was eleven and went on to become one of the best known conductors in the world. He conducted several Polish orchestras before emigrating to the US where he was chief conductor of many leading orchestras. On the present recording he leads the GRAMMY Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra. The recordings of American orchestras produced for VOX by the legendary Elite Recordings team of Marc Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz are considered by audiophiles to be among the very finest sounding orchestral recordings ever made.