Luigi Cherubini: Overture from Les deux journées (Der Wasserträger)
Dramatic and spirited; Beethoven considered him to be the greatest living composer of his time
Anton Reicha: Symphony No. 3 (U.S. Premiere)
Cheerful and delicate; Reicha was a close friend of Beethoven’s—they studied together as teens!
Ferdinand Ries: Piano Concerto No. 8 (NY Premiere)
Pensive yet glittering; Ries was a piano student of Beethoven’s—he also did some work as his secretary
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Climactic and daring; it premiered in a freezing auditorium by an orchestra that had only rehearsed it once