The Prom­ise of Mu­sic

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 11pm, Stu­dio From the Beethoven­halle in Bonn comes a concert record­ing of the mas­ter’s third sym­phony, Eroica. Fea­tur­ing the Si­mon Bo­li­var Youth Or­ches­tra of Venezuela, con­ducted by Gus­tavo Du­damel, this is a mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance that jus­ti­fies its place on TV — rather than on your hi-fi — with ter­rific cam­era an­gles on the or­ches­tra as a whole as well as on in­di­vid­ual in­stru­ments and per­form­ers. There is no com­men­tary or ed­i­to­rial ma­te­rial what­so­ever. I guess Beethoven’s mu­sic speaks for it­self.

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