Beethoven – Symphony No.5

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Kenneth Woods, Conductor

English Symphony Orchestra

 

Programme

Beethoven  Symphony No. 5 in C minor, opus 67
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo. Allegro –
IV. Allegro – Presto

Urtext edition by Clive Brown, published by Breitkopf & Härtel

Filmed live at Cadogan Hall, London, on 9 June 2019.
Video & Audio recording: Tim Burton / Camera Assistant: Joe Blomfield

Reviews

“Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony also received one of the best performances I have heard live. Woods’s fine and sane musicality ensured a genuine performance, full of real intensity and sensitivity within a constant view of powerful onward-momentum throughout, a conception that made this imperishable masterpiece fully hang together…Woods’s Presto tempo in the ultimate coda was breathtaking, urging his players on – to the highest degree of musicianship and uplifting expression.”

Robert Matthew-Walker – Classical Source

“It takes a master conductor to find new things to say in the most over-exposed music, but this account of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony was full of insight and energy—and with all the repeats….concluding with a Presto of complete conviction and assurance of execution. This was, indeed, special.”

Guy Rickards – Musical Opinion

“Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony received a reading as attentive to the smaller detail as to its overall trajectory….The ESO responded with playing of sustained emotional power”

Richard Whitehouse – Arcana FM