Watch Beethoven's 5th at St John Smith Square
This weekend the BBC will be broadcasting two programmes about Beethoven's 5th Symphony featuring Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

On Saturday 28th there will be a documentary on the work presented by John Eliot Gardiner with Ian Hislop on BBC 2 at 9pm and the ORR's performance will be broadcast the following day on BBC 4 at 7pm. The programmes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer for 28 days after each broadcast.

The traditional wisdom is that in his 5th Symphony, Beethoven is railing against fate and his deafness. But John Eliot Gardiner believes the music expresses Beethoven's belief in the French Revolution. This is turbulent music from a turbulent man living in a turbulent age. John Eliot Gardiner and Ian Hislop bring to life the exciting and dangerous times that shaped Beethoven personally and creatively.