The first time Beethoven set this text, he presented it to Countess Josephine Deym-Brunsvik, whom many believe might have been his "Immortal Beloved." Her husband had just died, he was very much in love with her, and it is quite possible that by selecting this text, "To Hope," he himself was expressing hopes for a more intimate relationship. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for those who enjoy speculation more than contemplation of facts), it is uncertain whether his romantic feelings were returned, though she did not remarry until almost three years after a breach in their friendship, which occurred around 1807.
Description by Anne Feeney
|2015||Harmonia Mundi||HMC 902217|
|2012||Capriccio Records||C 5140|
|2010||EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics||5099945543|
|1998||Deutsche Grammophon||459 066-2GCC5|
|1997||Deutsche Grammophon||453 782-2GCB3|