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Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

It's often been said that the symphonies of Beethoven that really matter are the odd numbered ones and that the even numbered ones, particularly numbers 2 and 4 are lighter and somehow less challenging.

In this studio edition, Stephen Johnson searches for those qualities of darkness and light, and those innovative touches of orchestration that make Beethoven's Fourth every bit as absorbing to listen to and study as the mighty Eroica and the revolutionary Fifth. The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by Gianandrea Noseda (performance) and Jason Lai (extracts).

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25 minutes


Role Contributor
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven