Beethoven · Berio · Lieberson / Zinman
Quattro versioni originali della Ritirata notturna di Madrid di L. Boccherini (00:08:36)
Neruda Songs (00:34:56)
Kelley O'Connor Mezzo-Soprano
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 (00:42:06)
In a letter to the concert agent Johann Peter Salomon, Ludwig van Beethoven described his Seventh Symphony as “one of my best”. The work, premiered in the months after Napoleon’s defeat in the Battle of Leipzig, was later considered to be the counterpart to the Eroica, as well as symphonic variation on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister and referred to as an “apotheosis of the dance” (Richard Wagner). The breadth of possible modes of interpretation speaks for itself: with its sometimes heroic, sometimes light-hearted, transitionally pensive, and once again entrancingly optimistic score, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony reads and sounds almost like a compendium of its composer’s inexhaustible means of expression. The concert is opened with Luciano Berio’s ingenious arrangement of 18th century music, followed by Peter Lieberson’s autobiographically inspired musical setting of love poems by the Chilean author Pablo Neruda.