Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7

Like a “slender Greek maiden between two Nordic giants” – that’s the effect Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony made on Robert Schumann. However, this maiden is anything but harmless; she repeatedly shows a biting humour. This humour becomes still greater in the almost manic verve of the Seventh Symphony. At the same time, the work is steeped in a melancholy flavour that develops unchecked in the famous darkly striding Allegretto.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle

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