"An die Hoffnung" was Beethoven's first setting of Christoph August Tiedge's "Urania." The version here was composed in 1805.
Bass Robert Holl was accompanied by Elena Bashkirova
Not unlike "Ode to Joy" by Friedrich Schiller, which Beethoven later used in his Ninth Symphony, Tiedge's poem is an appeal to hope itself.
Bass Robert Holl and pianist Elena Bashkirova performed the song in the chamber music hall next to Beethoven's birth house as part of the 2008 Beethovenfest in Bonn.