This week’s BSO concert is “Beethoven’s Fifth.” Do I really need to explain this one?
I mean, Beethoven’s fifth symphony is THE symphony. Even people who have never heard of Beethoven (they’re out there, which frightens me) know the opening bars when they hear them. I’d go so far as to say that it’s the first piece the average person thinks of when asked about their classical music knowledge.
Which is probably why I’m kind of sick of it. I know, I know; I just admitted to being kinda lukewarm on something by BEETHOVEN. For shame! But I’ve heard it soooo many times, and like I said EVERYBODY hums it, and Schroeder that one time, and the butterflies in Fantasia 2000, and yadda yadda yadda. Give me seven or nine instead. (But not Seven of Nine. I find her annoying.)
But it’s still a great piece, because it’s by BEETHOVEN. Plus Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 (and to Schubert I say: hellooooo, nurse!) and the Berg violin concerto. A pretty good line-up, no? Make it part of your St. Paddy’s Day celebration at Strathmore on Thursday, March 17 at 8 pm, or let it ease your hangover at the Meyerhoff on Friday, March 18 or Saturday, March 19, both at 8 pm. Beethoven, after all, is a panacea.