Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor must be the most frequently played symphony in the repertoire. At Saturday night’s New World Symphony concert, however, guest conductor Roberto Abbado demonstrated that this warhorse can still register potent impact. With the orchestra playing in top form, Abbado illuminated countless details that are often obscured in a performance that made the music sound fresh again.
Abbado is the nephew of the late Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. He has conducted on major opera and symphonic podiums internationally. In recent seasons Abbado has been an artistic partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where he has led complete cycles of the nine Beethoven symphonies.