The opening of the Fifth Symphony is more famous. The climax of Symphony No. 9 is more uplifting. But there's something about the second movement from Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 that makes it uniquely powerful.
Here's a chance to hear that gorgeous, plodding music in an unusually stripped-down setting. The Sphere Ensemble, a chamber orchestra based in Denver, recently played its version of the Allegretto in the CPR Performance Studio.
The strings-only arrangement gives a different texture to the ominous opening chord and highlights the tension that smolders right up to the final notes.
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