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Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the Fate Symphony, is one of the greatest masterpieces of music history. This dramatic and extroverted piece is a gateway to classical music for many people.

A symphony for symphonists. Beethoven’s Fifth may be the most played classical piece in the world. It is also music about which it is impossible to be apathetic. In his comprehensive book on Beethoven, former Konserthuset director Åke Holmquist wrote that the symphony is “scaled down and incredibly concentrated, with violent contrasts, easy to follow, and – if one so wishes – with ‘action’: from darkness to light, from struggle to triumph. In addition, the Fifth is thought, like no other piece, to portray the myth of Beethoven: alone against destiny, the battling titan, who can only prevail through conflict.”

However, it was not Beethoven who came up with the name the Fate symphony, but the author Anton Schindler, who was the composer’s daily assistant and unpaid secretary during the last eight years of his life. Based on his notes, Schindler later wrote a highly regarded biography of Beethoven.

Here, German conductor Hartmut Haenchen leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. 

  • The music

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 5
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Hartmut Haenchen conductor

About the video

  • Filmed in September 2014.
  • The video is approximately 34 minutes.

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Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the Fate Symphony, is one of the greatest masterpieces of music history. This dramatic and extroverted piece is a gateway to classical music for many people.

About the video

  • Filmed in September 2014.
  • The video is approximately 34 minutes.

A symphony for symphonists. Beethoven’s Fifth may be the most played classical piece in the world. It is also music about which it is impossible to be apathetic. In his comprehensive book on Beethoven, former Konserthuset director Åke Holmquist wrote that the symphony is “scaled down and incredibly concentrated, with violent contrasts, easy to follow, and – if one so wishes – with ‘action’: from darkness to light, from struggle to triumph. In addition, the Fifth is thought, like no other piece, to portray the myth of Beethoven: alone against destiny, the battling titan, who can only prevail through conflict.”

However, it was not Beethoven who came up with the name the Fate symphony, but the author Anton Schindler, who was the composer’s daily assistant and unpaid secretary during the last eight years of his life. Based on his notes, Schindler later wrote a highly regarded biography of Beethoven.

Here, German conductor Hartmut Haenchen leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. 

  • The music

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 5
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Hartmut Haenchen conductor

Watch in our app

The Konserthuset Play app makes it easier to experience music on your phone or tablet – or on a big screen! Read more

FAQ about Konserthuset Play

Our tips for how to best take advantage of our selection and how you watch our livestreams. To FAQ

Konserthuset Stockholm’s fundraising for the UNHCR – support the Ukrainian people

All donations are passed on in full to the UNHCR and the Ukrainian people. Use Swish number 123 408 85 63 or make your donation via our booking system. Warm thanks!

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Beethoven Eroica

The first powerful chords in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 – the Eroica – are clear: we can expect a grand symphony about heroic bravery. Experience the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Finnish conductor John Storgårds.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven Symphony No. 4

Clarinettist and conductor Martin Fröst is one of the greatest musicians of our time. Here, he leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Harp and Beethoven's fifth symphony

French harpist Xavier de Maistre, along with French conductor Nathalie Stutzmann and Kungliga Filharmonikerna.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

All of Beethoven’s symphonies are musical milestones. In this concert video, French conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.