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Vibrant H&H group gives Beethoven’s Second its due

Beethoven’s Second Symphony can sometimes get lost between its illustrious symphonic siblings, the bold First Symphony and the epoch-making Third. But in a driving, vital performance, Grant Llewellyn and the Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra reminded us that the Second Symphony, too, is a blazing product of Beethoven’s early imagination.

Llewellyn, the former music director of H&H, conducted with a firm grasp of Beethoven’s mercurial idiom and an astute understanding of the orchestra’s considerable strengths.

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