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Music

Sounds like Bruckner, but it's Berwald

Continuing our six-part series with the Belgian period instrument orchestra Anima Eterna, we'll hear Beethoven's Egmont Overture and the Symphony No. 3 by Swedish composer Franz Berwald this hour.

Jos van Immerseel at the Beethovenfest 2015. Photo: Alex Vanhee

Impassioned conductor Jos van Immerseel at the Beethovenfest 2015

Often rendered with tremendous gravity, Beethoven's Egmont Overture is stripped of pathos, lighter, airier - yet no less profound in this performance recorded in concert by DW.

Franz Berwald (1770-1827) was a contemporary of Schubert and Beethoven. Living in the land of his birth and in central Europe, he was crowned by success - sometimes. At others, he had to earn his living by performing orthopedic therapy or working as a building contractor. Berwald was clearly a versatile man.

His Symphony No. 3 is nicknamed the "Symphonie singulière," whereby "singulière" can translate either as "singular" or as "willful, having a mind of its own." With sounds reminiscent of Anton Bruckner - who came much later -, lively contrasts and interesting instrumentation, this singular work was first heard in 1905, long after its maker had died.

Flutist Anne Pustlauk of Anima eterna. Photo: Alex Vanhee

Flutist Anne Pustlauk and cohorts in Anima eterna during rehearsal



Joseph Haydn:
Symphony No. 104 in D Major, Hob. I:104, second movement

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Egmont Overture, op. 84

Franz Berwald:
Symphony No. 3 in C Major (Symphonie singulière)

Anima Eterna Bruges
Jos van Immerseel, conductor

Recorded by Deutsche Welle, Bonn (DW) in the Beethoven Hall, Bonn, on October 1 , 2015

Rebroadcasting rights: one broadcast before January 10, 2017