It will not be possible to fill a stage with 80 musicians performing together on strings and wind instruments just yet. But never fear! We have invited all the large Belgian orchestras to perform their core repertoire at the Festival with an adapted line-up.
In this anniversary year, no fewer than all nine symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven are on the programme. In Beethoven’s era there was also a lively tradition of chamber music arrangements of the great repertoire, allowing music lovers to tackle it themselves.
For the Second Symphony, numbers are reduced to the favourite line-up of the piano trio. None other than Jos van Immerseel takes his place behind the pianoforte. Accompanied by Midori Seiler on violin and Mercedes Ruiz on cello, he flies the flag for Anima Aeterna, the orchestra that has performed the nine symphonies in full numerous times, and which is unparalleled in the mastery of their specific idiom and the corresponding instrumentation. The arrangement that they play was created shortly after the symphony was composed, and according to the title page is by the author himself. This was probably a sales trick, because there are indications that Beethoven’s pupil Ferdinand Ries was responsible for the lion’s share of the work, and that Beethoven only supplied the finishing touches.
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no. 2 in D Major (arr. F. Ries?)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Marcia Funebre from Pianosonata no. 12 in A flat Major
Midori Seiler, violin
Mercedes Ruiz, cello
Jos van Immerseel, pianoforte