Concluding the Beethoven week, today I listened to his symphony no. 8 in F major: I chose a live recording of the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra (@israel_philharmonic), conductor Zubin Mehta, and for my playlist I chose a recording of the Berliner Philarmoniker (@berlinphil), conductor Claudio Abbado.
The symphony is divided in four movements:
1. Allegro vivace e con brio
2. Allegretto scherzando
3. Tempo di Minuetto
4. Allegro vivace
The absence of a proper slow movement made the symphony all the more interesting.
The first movement starts lightly, in the brightness of the F major key, and I loved how, halfway through it, the power and character of the late Beethoven came out.
When the second movement came up, I hadn't really read the tempo yet. I was surprised by finding the Allegretto and it is probably the movement I enjoyed the most. Bright and sweet character, amazing rendition by the Israel Philarmonic.
I really liked the opening of the fourth movement as well, and I found the symphony overall beautiful, as all the other orchestral masterpieces by Beethoven.
Since Beethoven week is over, I'd like some suggestions for the next composer! Whose music do you think I should listen to next? Leave a comment 😉
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