Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in B flat major, Op.60: BBC Proms 2012 (Daniel Barenboim)


Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan OrchestraBeethoven’s Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 – BBC PROMS 2012From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (of course): 
The work is in four movements:

  1. Adagio – Allegro vivace, 2/2
  2. Adagio, 3/4 in E-flat major
  3. Allegro vivace, 3/4
  4. Allegro ma non troppo, 2/4

Symphony No. 4 in B-flat majorOp. 60, is a symphony in four movements composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in the summer of 1806.[1] It premièred in March 1807 at a private concert of the home of Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz. The Coriolan Overture and the Piano Concerto No. 4 were premiered in that same concert.[2]
The work was dedicated to Count Franz von Oppersdorff, a relative of Beethoven’s patron, Prince Lichnowsky. The Count met Beethoven when he traveled to Lichnowsky’s summer home where Beethoven was staying. Von Oppersdorff listened to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, and liked it so much that he offered a great amount of money for Beethoven to compose a new symphony for him. The dedication was made to “the Silesian nobleman Count Franz von Oppersdorf”.[3] Hector Berlioz was so enamoured of the symphony’s 2nd movement that he claimed it was the work of the Archangel Michael, and not that of a human.[4]

 

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