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Orchestra | Beethoven’s Second Symphony

The biggest part of Beethoven’s Second Symphony was written during Beethoven’s stay at Heiligenstadt in 1802, at which time his deafness was becoming more apparent and he began to realize that it might be incurable. One Viennese critic of the Zeitung fuer die elegante Welt (Newspaper for the Elegant World) famously wrote of the Symphony that it was “a hideously writhing, wounded dragon that refuses to die, but writhing in its last agonies and, in the fourth movement, bleeding to death.” Feel the scope and energy of that movement as performed by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under the conduction of Roger Norrington and with the intriguing visual commentary of an animation called Orchestra.

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