Ludwig van Beethoven

An die Hoffnung (I), song for voice & piano, Op. 32

    Description by Anne Feeney

    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.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Harmonia Mundi HMC 902217
    2013 Brilliant Classics 94630
    2012 Capriccio Records C 5140
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94052
    2010 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099945543
    2007 Cascade Records 2200
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93525
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93200
    2006 Amon Ra 64
    2006 Amon Ra 15
    1999 CPO CPO999 436-2
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon 459 066-2GCC5
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon 459008
    1997 Deutsche Grammophon 453 782-2GCB3
    1993 Berlin Classics 0020832
    Cascade Records 2266
    Brilliant 93525/76
    Eurodisc 610124