An Introduction to... BEETHOVEN: The 'Pastoral' Symphony
Author and Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann
2 CDs, including the complete work
The warmest and perhaps the most beloved of all Beethoven's nine symphonies, the so-called 'Pastoral' is a festival of enchantment from beginning to end. Though pictorial in many of its images and in the titles given to each movement, Beethoven stressed that the symphony was 'more an expression of feelings than a painting'. The feelings it arouses in the listener are of continuous joy and wonder, but the craft behind them is hardly less wonderful. Here we explore the piece from the inside out, discovering just how this magnificent musical oak grows from the tiniest of acorns and encountering in the process one of the greatest magicians in musical history.
'No-one understood better than Beethoven that if you want to have the listener's whole attention you might as well grab it at the outset.' Thus begins Jeremy Siepmann in his illuminating exploration of Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony, here taking a brief overview of Beethoven's symphonic openings before focussing exclusively on No. 6. The most expansive and relaxed of the symphonies, the 'Pastoral' has 'magic wherever you listen' - 2 CDs and 5 movements later, we understand why......