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Symphony No. 5

¡Viva Beethoven!: Gustavo Dudamel conducts Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

Beethoven composed Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6 simultaneously and premiered them both in the same concert, two days before Christmas Eve in 1808. The first, suspenseful and dramatic, the second, a portrait of nature with jovial scenes, a storm and the »feeling of gratitude« after the storm ends.

The debut: a legendary flop! Only after many years were both works considered successful. Who would have thought that Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 would become one the most famous works of classical music of all time?

The Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, the revered project for young talent from the music education programme »El Sistema«, visits Hamburg for an entire week and takes on the complete symphonic works of the »Titan«. Performed chronologically, a fascinating development unfolds beginning with the very classically constructed First Symphony through to the Ninth, possibly the most seminal work in classical music history. ¡Viva Beethoven!

Two of the five concerts were streamed live online. Videos on demand are regrettably no longer available.