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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 4 B-flat Major op. 60

Alter Saal

Critics of the time were in agreement about Beethoven’s fourth symphony, calling it »cheerful, clear and captivating«.  The work impresses with classical clarity and is admired by romantics. Robert Schumann characterised the master’s fourth symphony as »a slender Greek maiden between two Norse giants«. Nevertheless, it still remains somewhat in the shadow of the heroic symphonies no. 3 and 5. Wrongly so, as a critic of the »Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung« noted in 1812. Symphony no. 4 is »a work upon which the composer has bestowed all the originality and energy shown by the earlier productions of his muse, without marring its clarity with bizarreries (...)«. 

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