The frenzied final movement of my favourite Beethoven symphony charges madly off the edge of a cliff and just carries on.
Beethoven’s first piano concerto has a cheerfully syncopated rhythm that brings a smile to one of my regular readers, and made me happy today.
Five orchestras, five concerts, one hall and nine symphonies as I spend a heroic weekend having my soul reforged in Beethoven’s life-giving fires.
Durham University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Harry Castle, with violinist Sergei Batishchev, bring searing emotional intensity to Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.
If I weren’t out of town this weekend, I’d definitely be going Durham Choral Society’s performance of Beethoven’s monumental Missa Solemnis in the cathedral tomorrow night. It’s a fantastic piece of music, and a really big sing – Beethoven didn’t write much for singers, but when he did, he certainly makes them work hard. I […]