Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony performed by the Concertgebouworkest under the direction of Jaap van Zweden promises to be a musical event of the first order. Especially when the renowned bariton Matthias Goerne is singing lieder by Schubert and Strauss on the same programme.
Conductor Jaap van Zweden needs no introduction. The same goes for Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The ingenious structure based on the most famous four notes in the history of Western music would become the archetypal symphonic model for many. Beethoven apparently called the short–short–short–long motif with which he begins the symphony ‘fate knocking at the door’. Although the score is underpinned by the scantiest of thematic material, it is massively detailed and is brimming with rhythmic energy and emotional vistas. Even a work performed as often as the Fifth is never ‘finished’, in the sense that no two performances are ever the same, and every conductor adds personal nuances. So how will Jaap van Zweden approach it?
Matthias Goerne has been called Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s most famous student. His lied interpretations are considered to be among the best in the world. He can convey the boundless melancholy of the lieder of Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss like no other.