Search catalogue


Beethoven and Berwald - Septets

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Franz Berwald
Performer Wigmore Soloists
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2707 SACD
EAN 7318599927077
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2023
Total time 61'21

Upcoming release - available starting 7th April 2023
For their latest project on BIS, the Wigmore Soloists perform two works with unusual instrumentation: Beethoven’s and Berwald’s septets for violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, bassoon and horn. If the young Beethoven did not aspire to profundity in his own Septet, he nevertheless managed to create a fine balance between light-heartedness and substance. In the tradition of serenade, this work in six movements represents Beethoven at his most warm-hearted and relaxed, yet his compositional craft and subtlety are typically sharp. As the septet achieved such fame during his lifetime, Beethoven eventually became irritated by its popularity, which he said overshadowed more mature works.
Best known for his symphonies, Swedish composer Franz Berwald also composed a septet that is in no way imitative of Beethoven’s. Berwald had his own voice and his own musical expression, and his artful handling of the wind instruments deserves praises. Thanks to its attractive transparency, Berwald’s Septet consistently exudes freshness thanks to its endearing musical humour and ranks as the finest of his chamber compositions.
Choose format
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Septet in E flat major, Op. 20 39'04
01 I. Adagio - Allegro con brio 9'50
02 II. Adagio cantabile 8'21
03 III. Tempo di menuetto 3'08
04 IV. Tema con variazioni 7'21
05 V. Scherzo 3'01
06 VI. Andante con moto alla marcia - Presto 7'23
  Franz Berwald
  Grand Septet in B flat major 22'14
07 I. Introduzione 7'38
08 II. Poco adagio - Prestissimo - Adagio 8'23
09 III. Finale 6'13
  Album total 61'21
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
Berwald, Franz
EnsembleWigmore Soloists

© BIS Records AB | | Phone +46 (0)8 544 102-30 BIS online store - Terms and Conditions