Beethoven's 5th symphony

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Beethoven's 5th symphony

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I've heard various conductors say that Beethoven 5 is notoriously difficult to start. Here is my personal favourite version!

Usuki
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZETc2uprBY

He gives a whole new connotation to "notoriously difficult". (I'm particularly impressed with this orchestra. I have no idea how they manage to stay together.)


For reference, others conducting the same piece:

Von Karajan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhcR1ZS2hVo

Toscanini
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6K_IuBsRM4

Barenboim
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHAaVVytQF0

Abbado
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SExR2h20HlQ
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Re: Beethoven's 5th symphony

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ejm wrote:I've heard various conductors say that Beethoven 5 is notoriously difficult to start. Here is my personal favourite version!

Usuki
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZETc2uprBY

He gives a whole new connotation to "notoriously difficult". (I'm particularly impressed with this orchestra. I have no idea how they manage to stay together.)
This is fascinating! I've watched it a few times. If you watch him in the distance shots it makes more sense (once the first few bars are over, which are truly amazing! I guess the orchestra watches for the subtle cues!)
Toscanini seems the most straightforward.
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Re: Beethoven's 5th symphony

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[quote="CAM"]I guess the orchestra watches for the subtle cues!)
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Indeed. But I think the subtle cues may be coming from the :bravo: concert master :bravo: . (Note that we can't really see what the concert master is doing in the video.)

I think that particular concertmaster should receive several medals.
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