The guitar is not the first instrument one associates with the towering figure of Beethoven, but he did know and appreciate the instrument, and even wrote some chamber music pieces for it. This imaginative recital of chamber music by Beethoven takes its inspiration from the Romantic poem of the album title which describes the kind of unattainable love to which Beethoven was throughout his adult life susceptible, and from which he appears himself to have drawn creative energy. His own setting of Adelaide (the text of which appears in the booklet in both Matthisson's original and in English translation) was arranged by the 19th-century guitarist-composer Nicholas Coste.
Adelaide, Op. 46 – Ludwig van Beethoven
Potpourri for Flute and Guitar on themes of Beethoven – Anton Diabelli
Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D major, Op. 8 – Ludwig van Beethoven Grand Trio Concertant op 45 – Molino