Dazzling Beethoven, percussion concerto highlight symphony concert

05.02.15
Steven Sloane
San Antonio Express-News

A bright, zippy and highly polished rendition of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 brought an unusually varied program of the San Antonio Symphony to a close Friday night.

The biggest departure from the norm came in the Beethoven’s second movement when guest conductor Steven Sloane selected a faster tempo for the melody many people now associate with a crucial scene in the movie, “The King’s Speech.” 

The tempo Sloane chose took the dirge out of the theme and made the melody seem more like a march. The pace made the music sound cleaner and natural.

The music romped and galloped in the other movements as Sloane kept the thematic developments open and transparent, bringing out the magic Beethoven put in through complex key signature changes. 
 
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