When a piece as well-known as this can still find new colour, the conductor and orchestra must be doing something right.
From the aggressive tones of Mars, through gentle Venus, vigorous Jupiter, weary Saturn and into the enigmatic Neptune, the audience was totally hooked.
century Genoa and just about everyone is vying for power and influence.
A maritime state, the city votes in favour of former pirate Simon Boccanegra as Doge - but keeping his seat is to be no easy task.
The annual summer concert had been arranged by the ladies' section who held a sale of produce before the men took the stage with a pleasant range of music, inevitably including some of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classics and items from Les Miserables.
Memory, from Cats, Love Changes Everything, from Aspects of Love and Bring Him Home (Les Mis) were beautifully sung, and the first half of the programme ended on a high note with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hit You'll Never Walk Alone (Carousel), featuring a solo contribution by Len Greenwood.
If they weren't focussing on the rush and tumble of sound they were watching Ashkenazy jumping around on the podium.
Great use was made of Symphony Hall's wonderful acoustics as the Ladies of the City of Birmingham Choir provided the ethereal voices for the close of the piece.
Heavily inspired by the countryside and country people of Dvorak's Czech homeland, it picks up traditional dances and tosses them around with lots of panache and gusto.
Nelsons' clear enthusiasm for the programme (he was doing quite a bit of dancing himself) ensured the orchestra gave plenty of life and exuberance to the pieces so that we all left feeling just that little bit more cheerful.