Beethoven composed eleven overtures between 1801 and 1822. They are largely different works created for various occasions. The overture here is `Des Weihes des Hauses' (The Consecration of the House). This was written in 1822 for the initial opening of the Josephstadt Theater in Wien. Beethoven was inspired by Handel in this composition. It is Maestoso e Sostenuto at its opening with the brass and timpani accompanied by staccato strings. It continues spiritedly with the music leading us to a furious Allegro to conclude the overture. This performance is by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Herbert Von Karajan.