Ludwig van Beethoven’s lyrical Symphony No. 4 is performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Iván Fischer. You can watch the performance with or without Iván Fischer’s commentary.
Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Fourth Symphony not long after the Fourth Piano Concerto. Beethoven’s long struggle with what was later to become his Fifth Symphony had caused him to put it aside for a while; it was during this time that these two highly lyrical works were composed. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 contains no obvious connection with events in Beethoven’s life nor ethical values that would increase its worth, as is known about the heroic Third or the ill-fated Fifth. The Fourth Symphony is simply about itself.
Iván Fischer has been a welcome guest conductor with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 1987. Fischer’s way of working, which is as unusual as it is committed, and the musicians’ enthusiasm and virtuosity always result in very special performances. You can watch the performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony with or without Iván Fischer’s commentary. The conductor’s fascinating explanation takes you straight to Beethoven’s time.