WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Beethoven called it "Fate knocking on the door". For Billy Joel it was simply "one of the biggest hits in history". But there's more to Beethoven's Fifth than just the most famous beginning in all music, and if you've never heard it complete you've missed out on one of the most thrilling half-hours of music you'll ever hear. So here's your chance, in a concert that begins in the Bohemian meadows of Smetana's delightful folk-opera, and takes a whirl around Strauss's Vienna before veteran maestro Libor Pesek and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra launch into the four notes that simply everybody knows. Pesek and the CNSO are drenched in the Central European way of music-making, so there's no more natural team to accompany the wonderful Chloe Hanslip in the most popular violin concerto in the world: Bruch's First. You know it; you love it... but you've never heard it played like this!