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Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Stephen Johnson and the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Grant Llewellyn explore one of the best known symphonies in the repertoire - Beethoven's Fifth.

Stephen Johnson and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Grant Llewellyn deconstruct Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in a programme that also features examples from the sketches. The Fifth is probably one of the best known works in the classical repertoire, but how much do we understand Beethoven's intentions by it? And how did the composer arrive at the work we know today?

The programme also includes one of four weekly 'Codas' from conductor and music pyschologist Christopher Gayford, exploring our psychological responses to music.

1 hour, 30 minutes