A sense of joyful exuberance lights up Beethoven’s sublime Symphony No. 7 in A major. With surprising surges in dynamics and dancing phrases, as well as the second movement’s now infamous funeral march, this work is rightly a great masterpiece of the canon.
Though some critics didn’t like the work, Beethoven described it as his “most excellent symphony.” When the Seventh Symphony premiered in 1813, the second movement Allegretto was so popular the audience demanded an encore.
The NZSO performed Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 with Conductor Laureate Edo de Waart in 2017.
Edo de Waart
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
IV. Allegro con brio