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DW staff (av/tip)September 24, 2007

Beethoven triggered a small revolution in the history of music with his quiet, harmonic and deceptive opening chord of the First Symphony.

Roman Kofman
Roman Kofman conductedImage: Beethovenfest Bonn

When premiering his work in April 1800, in Vienna, the press wrote, "Nobody will reprove such freedom and characteristics to a genius artist like Beethoven, but such an onset does not fit into the opening of a grand concert."

By tradition, the second movement is a lyrical contrast to the rhetoric-dynamical main movement. The Andante cantabile con moto expresses strong influences by precursors Mozart and Haydn.

The concert took place on Sept. 21, 2007, in the Beethoven Hall in Bonn, as part of the Beethovenfest. The Beethoven Orchestra played under the leadership of the Ukrainian conductor Roman Kofman.