VAN ZWEDEN CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN 5

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Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

San Francisco Symphony

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Symphony No. 5
Ludwig van Beethoven
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

Symphony No. 5

Dmitri Shostakovich
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

performances

Davies Symphony Hall

Thu, Jan 11, 2024 at 7:30PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Fri, Jan 12, 2024 at 7:30PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, Jan 13, 2024 at 7:30PM

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Event Description

Two Fifths: two symphonic triumphs. Beethoven’s Fifth represents the human capacity for heroism in the face of adversity—or, as he put it, “through suffering to joy.” Shostakovich’s Fifth was a huge hit, and kept him alive and out of the Gulag, but it's too slippery and ambivalent to function as triumphalist propaganda.

Jaap van Zweden’s appearance is supported by the Louise M. Davies Guest Conductor Fund.

Open rehearsals are endowed by a bequest from The Estate of Katharine Hanrahan.

At A Glance

Ludwig van Beethoven made his mark as a frank and uninhibited revolutionary. Imagine how wild his Symphony No. 5 must have sounded to early 19th-century listeners who didn’t hear it as the most familiar of classical masterpieces. In the first movement, the famous ta-ta- ta-TA pattern is hardly ever absent, generating music that feels faster and more compressed than any heard before.
 
Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 was called “a Soviet artist’s reply to just criticism” after the composer was denounced by Stalin for his earlier, more dissonant orchestral writing. But it set him on a track that found more subtle ways of being expressively truthful while staying more-or-less within the lines of politically accept- able style in the USSR. Shostakovich’s Fifth was an instant success at its 1937 premiere and quickly exported beyond the Iron Curtain.

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