Sunday, 15 May 2011

My Choice

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.


WitteringsfromWitney said...

A great choice SR. Five features as my favourite symphony and piano concerto too - the latter is just awesome!

subrosa said...

Aye the piano concerto is, as we say up here, jist braw WfW.

Demetrius said...

Try this from Youtube, Dundee Crown Orchestra playing B' Symph 5, they are very good!

And thnks for the link!

Nikostratos said...


What is going on with them thar Nationalists having seen Alex on the box and what with indy asap we need to know

subrosa said...

Demetrius, erm... I don't think my childhood Director of Music would have allowed that to pass for concert standard. :)

But it brought back happy memories of initial rehearsals.

subrosa said...

Niko, have patience. I do have another life to live you know. :)

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