5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Symphonies
The New York Times
July 7, 2021
In the past, we’ve chosen the five minutes or so we would play to make our friends fall in love with classical music, piano, opera, cello, Mozart, 21st-century composers, violin, Baroque music, sopranos, Beethoven, flute, string quartets, tenors, Brahms, choral music and percussion.
Now we want to convince those curious friends to love symphonies, the sweeping musical statements at the foundation of the orchestral repertory. We hope you find lots here to discover and enjoy.
Gemma New, conductor
Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5, III. Finale:
“Gleeful whispers in the buzzing strings gently craft a path for a loving melody soaring above diving French horns and thundering basses. This is one of my favorite moments in music, as it stretches toward a glorious C major. Through this experience, we unwittingly unlock the door that will lead us resolutely to the brilliant and hopeful perfect cadence.”
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