Dance music critic Tom Faber uses unexpected hours of free time to get his head round classical music and Beethoven’s famous Symphony No 5

In my years as a dance music critic I’ve analysed the finer points of house and techno, but always felt lost when it came to Bach and Mozart. The compositions sound overstuffed to my ear, long symphonies test my patience and, inevitably, the music slips into the background, making me feel like I’m living in a period drama.

The repetitive structures of contemporary composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich make sense to a techno-head, but pure classical has remained frustratingly out of my grasp.

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