Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 – «Classic of the Classics»

It begins – ta-ta-ta-taaa – with the most famous four notes in music history.

Whether as a ringtone or in musical slapstick numbers, as film music or in Peanuts: the beginning of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 is everywhere. But that is not the only remarkable thing about it; what is even more remarkable is what Beethoven developed from these four notes. The whole symphony ultimately grows out of it, right up to its lush, exuberant, overwhelming ending.

Listen here to an excerpt of Beethoven's Fifth – played by Andreas Janke, Rafael Rosenfeld, Frank Sanderell, Yu Sun and Enrico Filippo Maligno. Arranged by Rafael Rosenfeld.

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published: 25.09.2023