She's been called the people's diva, because while she has an incredibly luxurious voice, she also seems accessible and down-to-earth. In either case, she's something extraordinary — soprano Renee Fleming.
The first notes of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 are so familiar to so many people that they've almost become a parody to themselves. You can almost imagine people thinking: Is it fate knocking on the door or should I go to the disco? As part of his final year as their Music Director, Paavo Jarvi gives a dynamite performance of it with the CSO.
An icon of the music world, and long-time Philadelphia Orchestra collaborator Charles Dutoit travels west for this concert in the City of Angels.
Surprisingly still when compared to the heroic Beethoven Piano Concertos, this week we'll hear a serene performance of Beethoven's 3rd.