Famous four notes brought back to life

November 14, 2014 6:12 PM

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SUGAR LAND - Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada stepped onto the podium, bowed, signaled the Houston Symphony as he turned toward it, and bam: With the audience at Sugar Land Baptist Church still applauding, the opening salvo of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony rang out.

Orozco-Estrada's cut-to-the-chase entrance made the famous four notes surprising again. Once that coup de theatre had done its job, Orozco-Estrada and the orchestra put vitality and lyricism in forefront, and Beethoven's music gained the immediacy of a personal statement, rather than coming across l...

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