The Beethoven Symphony No. 4 is one in the series of LSO/Monteux
recording which includes the Second and Fifth Symphonies as well.
It has been noted that in all of his even-numbered symphonies Beethoven was
content to seek softer beauties, reserving his defiance, his true depths of
passion, for the alternate ones. There may well have been something in his
nature, which required this alternation of virility and gentleness, of the
"masculine" and the "feminine" in his scores of this period.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 in C Major, Op. 72