And is it here now?

No live audience. Everyone distanced. One on a part strings. But still it’s quite beautiful.

I do wonder about those playing strings that must have opted for no mask.

From the YouTube page:
Join members of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and its music director, Dirk Kaftan, for a special “pandemic version” of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral.” This new orchestration of the Pastoral was arranged according to social distancing guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, which meant that only some members of the orchestra could play together. In addition, the brass and woodwinds section was actually positioned outside the building where recording took place, and watched Maestro Kaftan conducting on a large video monitor.

The Beethoven Orchestra Bonn had a busy year of concerts planned to mark the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth – concerts that had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This performance was the first time that the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and Dirk Kaftan had been able to meet since the pandemic hit, and it was a very special and moving experience for all of them.

The location where they performed is also special: La Redoute, a sumptuous 18-century hall built for royal balls. Ludwig van Beethoven himself performed there, and it’s said to be where he met Joseph Haydn, who encouraged him to move to Vienna.

Speaking about this performance, Dirk Kaftan said, “Music is not only connected to the time in which it’s composed, but also to the time in which it’s performed.” And indeed, this special concert is very much a direct response to, and a reflection of, the time in which it was performed.
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  1. Yes, so very lovely. In fact, I woke up with this in my head this morning, which was such a pleasant surprise!

  2. It’s a wonderful work to wake up with!