Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Taking one of music’s most famous masterpieces and making it come alive with all the freshness, vigor, and vitality it had when it first premiered, the Handel and Haydn Society will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Symphony Hall Boston. Guest conductor Matthew Halls, known for his dynamic and intelligent work with major symphony orchestras and opera companies, will lead the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra in a probing and vibrant interpretation of one of the best-known compositions in classical music. Written over four years, the Fifth Symphony captures the anguish of Beethoven’s personal tragedy as he struggled with his increasing deafness. Dedicated to making Baroque and Classical music sound as fresh, new, and contemporary as when it was written, the Handel and Haydn Society performs on period instruments using performance practices from the composer’s era. The result is a performance that delivers extraordinary power, nuance, and immediacy.