July 17 - 19, 2020
Those first notes of Beethoven's symphony have been heard, interpreted, and explained as all those things and more. It's the single most famous symphonic trajectory of expressive minor-key darkness to coruscating major-key light.
The Guardian on Beethoven's Fifth
During Beethoven's 250th anniversary celebrations across the globe in 2020, the Boston Symphony pays tribute to the classical and romantic era icon with an All Beethoven program, lead by the ensemble's pre-eminent conductor Andris Nelsons. Things get off to a high spirited start with the often neglected, joy-gilled Fourth Symphony.
This is followed by Beethoven's 1808 triumph, Symphony No. 5. Considered the most influential and important symphonic works of the Western Classical tradition, the soul-stirring work opens with four well-known notes, hammering its symbolic war-time victory home. This rhythm permeates throughout the instrumental sections, raising electric tension as the piece builds to its dramatic and explosive conclusion.
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