The issue I have is the addition this quote to help the concert be more appealing (although they could easily have advertised the Bartok and Borstlap to increase its appeal): "The Dallas Morning News said of Maestro van Zweden and the DSO's last performance of the Fifth, 'The most electrifying yet elegant Beethoven Fifth I've ever heard.'"
"Electrifying yet elegant." Beethoven's 5th.
Does anybody else recognize a disconnect here? Electrifying? Yes. Elegant? Beethoven Five?
This piece is an incredible journey of fury, aggression, despair, and triumph. Elegance is the absolute last atmosphere I think of when I hear this piece. I take that back. It never enters my mind when I hear this piece!
Is this another example of lazy music criticism? Or is it just somebody so disconnected from the actual music on stage?