Simon Rattle Leads Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 and 7

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic (Holger Kettner)

This spring, WQXR is presenting weekly broadcasts of the Berlin Philharmonic, recorded live in Berlin, exclusively for WQXR. And during the month of May, the series showcases Simon Rattle leading the orchestra in a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies. This episode presents Beethoven's Fourth and Seventh symphonies.

Robert Schumann called the Symphony No. 4 "a slender Grecian maiden between two Norse giants," referring to the tumultuous Third and Fifth symphonies. However, the Fourth isn't as docile as Schumann may have been led to believe. The humor imbued in this work is particularly apparent when juxtaposed with the composer's Seventh Symphony, which Wagner called "the apotheosis of the dance."

Afterward, we'll hear Fauré's Requiem, which the philharmonic's program described as "surely the most humane and comforting mass for the dead ever written."

Program Playlist:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Simon Rattle, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Simon Rattle, conductor

Faure: Messe de Requiem in D minor
Berlin Radio Choir; Christine Karg, soprano; Adrian Erod, baritone; Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master
Christian Thielmann, conductor

The Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 Boxset is now available for pre-sale order at Arkiv Music and other Berlin Philharmonic recordings are available for sale on iTunes.

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