Part of FRM Friday Midday
About This Performance
From the 19th and 20th centuries come two fifth symphonies perfectly suited to display orchestral muscle at its most powerful and musical drama at its most compelling.
Jaap van Zweden, recently announced as the successor to Alan Gilbert as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, leads this program of iconic symphonies, beginning with a work that has not only aced the test of time, but has come to define the very essence of a symphony. Beethoven’s work is so driven and unrelenting that it projects a force virtually unheard in music before his time.
Shostakovich’s Fifth shares similar qualities, but with a far more complex political back story. Its rousing finale, which inevitably elicits roars of approval, can be viewed as the composer’s scathing, sarcastic attack on his persecutors, disguised as a stirring celebration of the proletariat. Since its premiere, music lovers of all political stripes have embraced its power and expressiveness.
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