- Composer: Beethoven
- Audio CD (April 1 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ncl
- ASIN: B0000014E0
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|1. Symphony No. 4 In B Flat Major, Op. 60: Adagio - Allegro vivace|
|2. Symphony No. 4 In B Flat Major, Op. 60: Adagio|
|3. Symphony No. 4 In B Flat Major, Op. 60: Allegro vivace|
|4. Symphony No. 4 In B Flat Major, Op. 60: Allegro ma non troppo|
|5. Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Poco sostenuto - Vivace|
|6. Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Allegretto|
|7. Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Presto|
|8. Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Allegro con brio|
Beethoven's Fourth Symphony was published in 1806. The composer's even-numbered symphonies generally lack the heroic, heaven-storming quality of the 3d, 5th, 7th, and 9th. But the Fourth is great Beethoven, full of joy, humor, liveliness, and confidence.
The symphony opens with a long, brooding slow introduction that raises tension masterfully and sets up the listener for an allegro in the heroic mode. This expectation is dashed, however, by the entrance of the humorous, expansive main theme of the movement. The spirit of mastery pervades the movement and the work. The second movement is a song-like adagio, mostly lyrical and quiet, which rises to moments of power and triumph at the center and conclusion. The third movement is a brusque scherzo and the conclusion is a Haydn-like movement in perpetual motion. This symphony to me seems to be greatly influenced by Haydn combined with Beethoven's own unique intensity, sense of forward propulsion, expansiveness, and willingness to take chances.
The Seventh Symphony was completed in 1812, four years following the completion of the first six symphonies. Virtually every listener has commented upon the dance-like, frenzied character of this great work. The title of the Walt Whitman poem, "I sing the body electric", captures something of the mood of Beethoven's seventh.
The first movement again has a slow, tension-building introduction featuring a lovely, come-hither theme in the oboe.Read more ›