Kent Nagano conducts Beethoven's Symphonies No. 2 and No. 6

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

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Nature awakens in this all-Beethoven concert presented by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal... From the humorous ebullience of the Second Symphony to the bucolic and tempestuous country pleasures of the Sixth, Maestro Kent Nagano leads the orchestra in an exciting evening of Beethovenian majesty and beauty.

In this concert program, the OSM explores the Symphony No. 2 in D Major and No. 6 in F Major, both among Beethoven’s most lighthearted symphonic works. Though they share a boundless vitality, the differing circumstances surrounding their origins reflect two very different moments in their creator’s personal and artistic journey. The Second Symphony was written in 1801 and 1802, at a dark time when the young composer's looming deafness was driving him to desperation. The work’s joyful humor (Berlioz noted that "this Symphony is smiling throughout") seems to reflect Beethoven's attempt to escape from his depression. Composed just six years later in 1808 and subtitled "Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life", the Sixth Symphony captures a calmer, more contemplative Beethoven using his art to explore a personal connection with nature that he considered indispensable.

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