I love the symphony number 4 by Beethoven. Not only is it wonderfully melodic, but also I find in it great calm and solace during troubled times.
In this new recording, the fourth is coupled with the symphony number one.
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur conducting.
This recording features the former Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, who conducted more than 150 performances in London and internationally during his tenure (2000-07).
When audiences heard Beethoven’s First Symphony, they were struck by something new in the air – there is no mistaking its Beethovenian energy, Melody, and rhythm.
Often neglected between the more famous Third and Fifth, the Fourth Symphony is a joyous work which inspired many of Beethoven’s successors, including Schumann and Berlioz.
It’s propelled with unstoppable momentum and buoyancy, after a searching opening perhaps inspired by music of Haydn.
Here is The late Kurt Masur, conducting the Symphony #1 by Beethoven: