Performance Today

with host Fred Child

Revolutionary and Romantic Beethoven

"We swear, sword in hand, to die for the republic and for the rights of man." Those words, by French revolutionary writer Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, were the inspiration for Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, according to conductor John Eliot Gardiner. Gardiner leads the Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra in a stunning performance of Beethoven's Fifth, from a concert three weeks ago at Carnegie Hall.