Inspiring Beethoven

Springboarding off the unmistakable dotted motif that opens Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Kevin Puts conflates his own orchestral writing chops with the over the top drama of the classic warhorse. But instead of out Beethovening Beethoven, Puts quickly decides to reigns in the bombastic opening gesture after it completely explodes, transforming the aftermath into an atmospheric fog. Although more hushed, the angst remains and the music that follows struggles to restrain itself from further erratic outbursts.

—RN