Gautier Capuçon & WDR Symphony Orchestra
Sat, April 25, 2015 7:30PM
Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Symphony No. 1 in C major op. 21
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Concerto for cello No. 1 in C major
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Symphony No. 4 in B flat major op. 60
“Do good where you can, love freedom above all else and even if you are summoned to the throne, never betray the truth!” This was what Beethoven wrote in a Nuremberg merchant’s family album in 1793. He remained true to these ideals of liberty and truth throughout his life. In the first-ever concert of his own works, Beethoven made no bones about his claim to be the sole legitimate heir to Mozart and Haydn. The First Symphony premiered on that occasion startled the audience with its originality and fuelled the myth of Beethoven as the first composer to truly break free of the constraints previously imposed on artists. But a “musical lackey” could produce works of genius as well, as we know from Haydn’s first cello concerto, a virtuoso work he wrote during his long period of office as a court musician.