November 23-27 All-Beethoven Program

Andris Nelsons conducts an All-Beethoven Program
Beethoven often composed several major works at the same time, each a distinctly different expressive outlet. He began sketching his Fifth Symphony in 1804 but didn't complete it until four years later. The innovative construction of that piece and its unprecedented intensity are embodied in the opening four notes, the most famous theme in classical music.

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  • Brian Bell spends 60 seconds previewing the program of November 23-27, 2018.
  • Video Promo: Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 by Anthony Princiotti. 
  • Video Promo: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 by Anthony Princiotti.
  • Video Podcast: Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 by Anthony Princiotti.
  • Video Podcast: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 by Anthony Princiotti. 
  • BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons chats with Brian Bell about Beethoven, whose symphonies are being performed on November 23-27, 2018.
  • Audio Concert Preview written by Robert Kirzinger.

Andris Nelsons, conductor

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 (35 min)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 (33 min)

Beethoven often composed several major works at the same time, each a distinctly different expressive outlet. He began sketching his Fifth Symphony in 1804 but didn't complete it until four years later. The innovative construction of that piece and its unprecedented intensity are embodied in the opening four notes, the most famous theme in classical music. In the interim between the Fifth's first sketches and its completion, Beethoven wrote some of his most lyrical music-for the opera Leonore (which would become Fidelio) and the Fourth Symphony. The latter's consistent high spirits contrast starkly with the struggle against fate embodied in the Fifth.