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The Philadelphia Orchestra: Beethoven 2020 - The Fifth

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The indelible four-note opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony lays the foundation for a truly fateful symphonic journey. Written in 1804, and on the program when The Philadelphia Orchestra gave its first concert in 1900, it’s an epic tour de force that resonates in 2020. Following its rousing conclusion come the verdant valleys and sweet smells of the woods and the Austrian countryside, an exposition of Beethoven’s love of nature. Composed and premiered at the same time, the “Pastoral” offers a striking contrast to the assertive Fifth. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor. Program: Habibi - Jeder Baum spricht– NY premiere, Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”).

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