In this short video, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, under guest conductor Edo de Waart. Musicologists regard this work as signaling the end of the composer’s early period. “This is a fabulous, Classical symphony,” as conductor David Zinman once remarked to Gramophone magazine, “and, I think, a brilliant, virtuoso piece — the kind of piece he had to write in order to move on.”
The CSO performs this subscription program, which also features Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 and his Horn Concerto No. 3, through June 7.