Orchester der Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Conductor Erik Nielsen
Soprano Jennifer Davis
Christian Daniel Friedrich Schubart heard a “perspective on a better world” in the key of B flat major. And to be sure the symphony No. 4 in B flat major, op. 60, by Ludwig van Beethoven appears to look with pleasure to the future. He wrote this
refined composition, orchestrated almost like chamber music, in 1806, between work on the monumental ‘Eroica’ and his symphony No. 5. Yet even in this delicate music the stormy sound occasionally emerges, already indicating the symphony still
to come. This begins with the most famous four beats in music history. Even though the phrase “fate is thus knocking at the door” is not from Beethoven but from his biographer Schindler, these gloomy chords are inseparably associated with the idea of inescapable fate. Beethoven’s enthusiasm for the ideals of the French Revolution is undisputed, these songs allegedly also inspired the fifth symphony. The concert comes to an end with a facet of Beethoven that absolutely does not match the cliché
of the furious revolutionary. ‘Ah! Perfido – Per pietà, non dirmi addio’ is Beethoven’s first setting of a scene from an Italian opera seria, whose closeness to Mozart cannot be overheard. Beethoven wrote it during his concert tour to Prague in 1796. In
the same year the soprano Josepha Dussek first performed it in public in Leipzig. Jennifer Davis now follows in her footsteps; she also sings the role of Elsa in the production in Erl of Wagner’s Lohengrin. She is accompanied by the Tyrol Festival Erl Orchestra conducted by Erik Nielsen.