The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s rhythmical Symphony No. 7. You can watch the performance with or without Iván Fischer’s commentary.
Ludwig van Beethoven himself conducted the premiere of his Symphony No. 7 during a benefit concert on 8 December 1813 in Vienna for the soldiers who had been wounded in the Battle of Hanau. This irresistibly rhythmical symphony, later called the ‘apotheosis of the dance’ by Richard Wagner, radiated such enormous vitality and energy that all present were immediately won over. The second movement, which the audience interpreted as a funeral march for the fallen, had to be repeated. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony has remained popular ever since.
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 Seventh Symphony with or without Iván Fischer’s commentary. The conductor’s fascinating explanation takes you straight to Beethoven’s time.