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Archive: Beethoven 7

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Instrumentation

  • Eva Vogel, mezzosoprano
  • Ivor Bolton, conductor

Programmes

Ludwig van Beethoven could not have bequeathed us a more exhilarating final movement for his Seventh Symphony. Richard Wagner saw it as the «apotheosis of dance». Hector Berlioz also had an opinion about this milestone in Beethoven’s symphonic work, comparing the opening movement to a «ronde de paysans», a «peasant dance». Berlioz himself excelled as a melodist with his «Nuits d´été». And the overture to Beethoven’s only major ballet music has now become part of the orchestra’s standard repertoire: «The Creatures of Prometheus» was, like the Seventh Symphony, premiered to enormous acclaim in Vienna.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Overture to the Ballet «The Creatures of Prometheus» op. 43

Movements

  • Adagio - Allegro molto con brio

Duration

5 Min.

Creation

1801
Hector Berlioz

«Les nuits d'été» Song cycle for Voice and Orchestra op. 7

Movements

  • Villanelle (Ländliches Lied)

  • Le Spectre de la rose (Der Geist der Rose)

  • Sur les lagunes (Auf den Lagunen)

  • Absence (Trennung)

  • Au cimetière (Auf dem Friedhofe)

  • L'île inconnue (Das unbekannte Land)

Duration

30 Min.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 7 in A major op. 92

Movements

  • Poco sostenuto - Vivace

  • Allegretto

  • Presto - Assai meno presto

  • Allegro con brio

Duration

38 Min.

Creation

1811-12