Sunday, 15 May 2011
The first movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony holds a special place in my heart. It was the first piece I ever played - as a member of the Dundee Schools' Orchestra - to the paying public and I was overawed by the rapt sea of faces sitting to my left in Dundee's grand Caird Hall. It was a historic evening for a 10-year-old and one I frequently remember with delight. The composition has a mixture of assertiveness, empathy and romance; all delicately balanced to perfection.
There is no record of the orchestra or conductor but it could be the Berliner Philharmoniker. It produces a crisp sound such as this.