By far Beethoven’s most popular work during his lifetime, the expansive and charmingly delightful Septet captures the young composer’s impish brilliance and compositional mastery. Beethoven ushered in the Romantic style of music to follow, laying the groundwork for the lush, orchestral textures of Josef Rheinberger’s Nonet. Combined, it makes for an evening not to be missed.
Rheinberger Nonet for Winds and Strings in E-flat major, Op. 139 (1884)
Beethoven Septet for Winds and Strings in E-flat major, Op. 20 (1800)