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Beethoven Symphony No 2

A bright and vibrant music, where the larghetto belongs to his most lucky gestures. Compared to the first symphony written two years earlier, much has happened. A reviewer at the first performance on April 5, 1803 at the Theater an der Wien wrote: ‘The first symphony is more valuable than the second, because it is performed with untrue ease, while the second is characterized by the pursuit of the new and unhappy.’ In fact, the critic was responsive: he had just witnessed the transformation of classicism into passionate romanticism.


Beethoven Symphony No 2


Gothenburg Symphony
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

Recorded for GSOplay 5 October 2018

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