BEETHOVEN: Complete Orchestral Music, Vol. 4
Classical Periods: Romantic
Composers: Ludwig Van Beethoven
Directors: Thomas Dausgaard
Performers: Anders Hemstrom, Georffrey Cox, Henriette Bonde-Hansen, Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Complete Orchestral Music, Vol. 4
Symphony NO. 7
Thomas Dausgaard, director
Henriette Bonde-Hansen, Soprano
Georffrey Cox, oboe
Anders Hemstrom, trumpet
The Seventh is certainly one of the most joyous and unclouded of the Beethoven's symphonies, and a reminder that his genius was not always a tortured or even an introverted one. Beethoven's American biographer Maynard Solomon states that: "To those Viennese who heard the first performance of the Seventh...it was patiently connected with the victory over Napoleon and the joyous inauguration of a long awaited peace."
No doubt the Egmont Overture is most familiar to us from Beethoven's music to Goethe's "Egmont", but there is in fact music to the whole play: Four Entr'actes, a melodrama in which Egmont is imprisoned and awaiting his execution, a Victory Symphony, and two songs for Egmont's mistress; Clara. In this recording Clara is beautifully interpreted by the Danish soprano Henriette Bonde-Hansen.