In 1802, in a letter he never sent to his brothers, called the Heiligenstadt Testament, Beethoven reflected his despair over his increasing deafness, which would inevitably lead to his complete loss of hearing. Nevertheless, he accepted his destiny and decided to continue composing. That is why the program symbolically opens with the overture for the opera The Force of Destiny, by opera master Giuseppe Verdi, which is one of the most successful orchestral fragments in his opus. The concert is completed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 written when the disease had already taken hold.