Stop and go in B flat major

Happy rainy days! © Charles Thibo

I’m in the car. I’m in a traffic jam. I’m happy. I’m with Ludwig. Ludwig van Beethoven like you don’t know him. It’s raining. I have time. Time for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60, performed by the West-Eastern Diwan Orchestra. Listen to those first bars: The winds play that B pianissimo, the strings add a dissonant G flat while the winds hold that B. The orchestra plays a sound surface, aimless, hesitantly – and stops. And begins anew. Go – stop – go, precision coupled with tenderness… extraordinary! Gradually the first movement gains vigour and profusion without giving up a certain sovereignty. May this traffic jam last for just a little longer!

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