The play’s audio was recorded in Saratoga Springs by Grammy Award-winning producer John Wager, who owns Galileo Media Arts, which has outposts in the Spa City, as well as Albany and Boston. It heavily features recordings of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as instrumentation created by John’s son, Lucas, to mimic the sound of the fortepiano, a period instrument that Beethoven himself would have played.
“Being able to present a world premiere theatrical event based on a profoundly critical moment in Beethoven’s personal and artistic life was going to be one of the true highlights of our SPAC Summer season—and Beethoven 2020,” says SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol. “We are incredibly grateful to Marcus Fuller and Saratoga Shakespeare Company for their collaboration—and for their reimagination of the event as an audio play.”
Testament will be available to stream for free on both the Beethoven Festival and Saratoga Shakespeare Company websites from August 22 at 8pm to August 23 at 11:59pm.