Here’s a performance to make you sit up and marvel anew at the originality, power, and beauty of this, the most popular symphony ever written. Characteristically, Teodor Currentzis has thought long and hard about the work, and he directs a performance in which every bar has been mulled over and re-evaluated. But it sounds anything but text-bound. One second it’s shouting from the rooftops, the next it’s barely whispered. This is a Beethoven Fifth that packs a mighty punch, and the momentum will have you perched on the edge of your seat. Definitely a milestone in this work’s long recorded history.
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio