A Beethoven a day: Chips off the old blockmain
4 Elegiac Song, opus 118
Leif Segerstam (see yesterday’s olives) appends this wonderful obscurity for chorus and orchestra to his version of Christ on the Mount of Olives. It feels like a missing fragment of Fidelio, wondrously executed. Credible alternatives are available on Idagio from the LSO and Michael Tilson Thomas (1975), Richard Hickox and Collegium Musicum 90 (2002), and Jerzy Semkow in St Louis (2017).
I’ve enjoyed them all.