četvrtak, 12.01.2017 17:21
Beethoven - Symphony No. 4
The series ‘Philippe Herreweghe conducts Beethoven’ presents Beethoven’s nine symphonies. The Flemish conductor Philippe Herreweghe, who became chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic ‘deFilharmonie’ in 1997, is a sought-after guest conductor who appears frequently with orchestras such as the Roycal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Herreweghe is also still the conductor of Collegium Vocale Gent, the prestigious choir he founded in 1970. Herreweghe is known for his familiarity with the music from the Romantic era. This series of Beethoven symphonies offers great examples of the historically informed performance practice. deFilharmonie performs these symphonies at the beautiful Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. After Ludwig van Beethoven had scared his audiences with his ‘Eroïca’, he started sketching a new, energetic symphony in c minor. Although he jotted down idea after idea, he put the project aside in 1806. He started a different symphony, which – in the words of Robert Schumann – was ‘a slender Greek maiden’ rather than a new symphonic giant. It is not hard to imagine how the light and clear sound of this Symphony No. 4 in B flat, opus 60, was connected to the happy moments Beethoven experienced with his friends of the Brunswick family in the summer of that 1806.