Evening Masterwork: Beethoven’s 4th Symphony

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Evening Masterwork for January 22, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Beethoven’s even-numbered symphonies are often overshadowed by their odd-numbered neighbors. Robert Schumann even referred to Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony as a “slender Greek maiden between two Nordic giants.” But Schumann also warned audiences not to overlook the Fourth’s special qualities, saying you can do just as much with the “slender one in B-flat” as you can with the genius of his Ninth Symphony. The Symphony No. 4 by Beethoven, our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7, on Classical WSMR.