Beethoven’s Fifth: interpreting genius (with James Jolly and Rob Cowan)
In the first episode of a brand new series for Gramophone, Editor-in-Chief James Jolly and critic and broadcaster Rob Cowan discuss Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and compare the various approaches that conductors have to taken to this most famous of masterpieces.
They talk about how a professional critic should approach a new recording, how performance practices have changed over the decades, and how no matter how many times you’ve heard this symphony, Beethoven’s genius always shines through.
0:00 – Introduction
26:35 – Hermann Scherchen
28:40 – Carlos Kleiber
33:22 – Mariss Jansons
34:49 – Iván Fischer
38:10 – Antal Dorati
45:44 – John Eliot Gardiner
47:15 – Charles Munch
50:05 – Herbert von Karajan
53:25 – Manfred Honeck
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