Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Luca Piva

Former Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Christoph Eschenbach is on the podium for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI 90.1. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is soloist.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony premiered in 1808 and was praised as "one of the most important works of the time" by critic E.T.A. Hoffman. WRTI’s Susan Lewis explores why, in the more than 200 years since, the work retains its extraordinary appeal.