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Review: Beethoven's Fifth Recaptures Its Elemental Fire

Oct 7, 2018

Meeting an anticipated demand, Charlotte Symphony is programming their 2018-19 season opener, BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH, for three concerts instead of the usual two - and meeting subscribers' hopes, they're playing it beautifully. Leading off their season with an all-Beethoven program, music director Christopher Warren-Green and his ensemble weren't exactly blazing new trails.

Last fall, Symphony also led off all-Beethoven, playing his mighty Ninth, and followed that program with moreBeethoven in two of the next three concerts. So if anything, Symphony is tapering off on their Beethoven offerings this year - but not ignoring their audience's rabid enthusiasm for his music. What's impressive is that the musicians have maintained theirenthusiasm as well.