S1E8: WSO Music Director Robert Franz concludes the 250th anniversary celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven with three works that show the composer’s versatility and his genius. Symphony No. 8 is described by BBC Music Magazine, as “the most misunderstood of the symphonies… playing games with the listener’s expectations.” Beethoven’s Gratulations Minuet and Coriolan Overture are works teeming with elegance, conflict, and resolution. This program best illustrates Beethoven’s own words on the creative life: “The true artist is not proud: he unfortunately sees that art has no limits; he feels darkly how far he is from the goal, and though he may be admired by others, he is sad not to have reached that point to which his better genius only appears as a distant, guiding sun.”


Episode 8 Add-On Feature:

As a special offer, the WSO has partnered with local wineries to have wine perfectly paired with each Beethoven 250 concert. Just as a great food and wine pairing enhance a dining experience, the musical notes of our Beethoven 250 concerts compliment the tasting notes of Essex County vintners! To explore these pairings, click here.


RELEASE DATE: November 21, 2020


Robert Franz, Conductor



Gratulations Menuet, Op. W00 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 8, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven


FEATURED LOCATION: House seating in the Captiol Theatre, Windsor, ON