Beethoven: Symphonies Nr. 7 & 8

Ádám Fischer & The Danish Chamber Orchestra
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Beethoven's Seventh can be understood as a continuation of his grappling with Napoleon: A symphony composed in opposition to a tyrant which anticipates his ultimate demise – although at the time it was composed, he was at the height of his power. In the end, Beethoven was proved right: The premiere took place six weeks after the Battle of Leipzig, which marked the beginning of Napoleon's downfall. – This is a symphony dominated by rhythm. Wagner called it the "apotheosis of dance", while Romain Rolland went as far as calling it an "orgy of rhythm". The symphonic charts an ecstatic course out of the darkness with a pointed rhythm which recurs in the second movement, which is often referred to as the "funeral march". The symphony closes with a delirious victory, a whirlwind of rhythm. By contrast, the Eighth is permeated by a sense of humor that can never quite be trusted. Beethoven turns the form on its head, and in the second movement, he cites Haydn's "Clock" theme, developing it ad absurdum. The premiere audience were bewildered, and to this day, the Eighth remains one of Beethoven's least popular symphonies. Beethoven, the ironist. Misunderstood down to the present?

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recorded at 10/08/2020, 08:00pm (CEST)
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Ádám Fischer & The Danish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven 7 & 8
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 7 A-Dur op. 92
  • I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
  • II. Allegretto
  • III. Presto
  • IV. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 8 F-Dur op. 93
  • I. Allegro vivace e con brio
  • II. Allegretto scherzando
  • III. Tempo di Menuetto
  • IV. Allegro vivace
Interview
  • Interview mit Ádám Fischer