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Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven Symphonies 4 & 5

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Andris Nelsons, conductor

Symphony No.4
Symphony No. 5

Beethoven composed his Fourth and Fifth symphonies almost concurrently, but they’re very different in their expressive impact. The Fourth is one of Beethoven’s warmest, most congenial works, sharing that mood with the Violin Concerto completed just after the symphony. The Fifth Symphony, by contrast, creates wonderful intensity through the famous four-note “fate” motif—perhaps the most famous musical fragment of all time—and resolves that tension in a triumphant finale.

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Jan 16, 2025, 10:30am EST

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