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Composer: Ranjbaran, Behzad

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Period20th century
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A Brief Encounter with the Qatar Philharmonic

Han-Na Chang conducting the Qatar Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Have you ever felt a sense of elation at the end of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony? In many ways, I find the Fifth as intensely painful and autobiographical as the “Pathétique”, with the finale seeing the composer nobly ‘putting on a brave face’, accepting fate’s hand stoically. The last pages often play through a mist of tears, the triumphant march ringing helplessly hollow. Not so here. 
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