This performance of Ludwig Von Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 in C Minor, is conducted by Claudio Abbado, conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in Rome in 2001. The Berlin Philharmonic is widely considered one of the best orchestras in the world. Since its inception in 1882, the Berlin Philharmonic has had only ten principal conductors. Claudio Abbado was the ninth principal conductor, from 1990-2002, although he had in fact been a guest conductor for the orchestra as early as 1966, guest conducting thirty-three times before being offered the principal conductor position (History of the Berliner Philharmoniker, n.d.).
The composer of Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 in C Minor, Ludwig Von Beethoven is one of the most well-known composers of all time. Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770. Beethoven was a child prodigy, publishing his first work at age eleven and with this first piece he was already being compared to Mozart. He soon became the principal financial breadwinner in his family due to his talents and his father’s alcoholism. He was sent by Prince Maximillian Franz to Vienna, to further his music education in 1787, where he would spend the rest of his life (Biography: Beethoven 's Life, n.d.). He was widely recognized as a prolific composer, as well as a piano virtuoso. However, he began to lose his hearing in his late twentys, causing him great emotional distress to the point he eventually stopped performing in public. Upon his death in 1827, he was herald a national hero (Bonds, 2011). Beethoven is widely considered ...
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...ld be concerts held where the high school orchestra, jazz and concert bands would all perform. I had the good fortune to be an audience member while the school orchestra would play. However, it was hardly close to the magnitude as presented by the Berlin Philharmonic in musical ability and professionalism. Also in my high school years, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Toronto and see professional productions of both The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. Both of these productions featured professional orchestras. However, while both productions are musical theatre, I remember my main focus being less on the performing orchestra and more on the actors as well as the elaborate stage productions in both of the performances. I would have to say, without question, that the Berlin Philharmonic is possibly the best orchestral performance I have ever witnessed.
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