Schubert & Beethoven

Jos van Immerseel

  • Franz Schubert – Ouvertüre “Die Zauberharfe D.644 (1820)
  • F. Schubert – Symphonie Nr. 7 “Unvollendete” h-moll (1822)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Konzert in D für Violine und Orchester op.61 (1806)

Performed on German instruments between 1860 and 1880.


Anima Eterna Brugge – orchestra

Jos Van Immerseel – conductor

Sergey Malov – violin

Schubert & Beethoven

The story goes that Beethoven’s imposing personality stimulated the timid Schubert (they lived in Vienna at the same time) to raise the artistic bar but that his fascination with the older composer strained his self-confidence. For both composers, Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna Brugge return, as usual, to the instruments and musical habits of the time. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto dates from the same period as his Fourth Symphony and his String Quartets Op. 59 – a time when he further developed and radicalised his style. The Violin Concerto radiates a surprisingly peaceful and happy (though not very concert-like) atmosphere, far removed from the composer’s tormented image. Sergey Malov‘s interpretation promises to be extremely engaging and innovative. Indeed, this versatile violinist, who plays the viola and the cello da spalla with equal virtuosity, does in-depth research into historical performance practices and styles.

It will contrast sharply with the sombre and dejected Unfinished Symphony, which Schubert composed some 15 years later and which has since raised many unanswered questions: under what circumstances did this work, one of Schubert’s most extraordinary compositions, come into being? Why did it remain unfinished, as if dangling from the edge of the abyss? Ultimately, these are all unimportant afterthoughts. What this composition does reveal to us, however, every time Anima Eterna Brugge revisits it – tirelessly exploring and questioning the work – are new secrets and pure musical splendour.

Jos van Immerseel.

Founding conductor

Anima Eterna would not be Anima Eterna without the rich artistic inspiration of Jos van Immerseel. He founded the orchestra in 1987, built it up step by step, from project to project, and was responsible for all important artistic choices until 2021. His artistic vision not only lies at the heart of Anima Eterna’s sound, but also nurtured the musicians’ research mentality. At the same time, Van Immerseel created a musical culture within the orchestra that relies on the individual responsibility and inspiration of each musician individually.

Schubert – The Complete Symphonies

Listen to the Unfinished Symphony here.

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