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The Beethoven-Haus’ Exhibition of Beethoven Stamps

Color photograph of the facade of the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, Germany.
The Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany, was the site of an exhibition of Beethoven postage stamps.
6, 2012

Everyone knows that Beethoven put his stamp on classical music. Now a Japanese stamp collector has shown the world how Beethoven left his mark on letters, post cards and packages everywhere.

What are your “Desert Island” recordings?

21, 2012

Most “Desert Island” recording lists seem to rotate the same 20 or so artists and composers, which means I don’t bother to look at them. However, this list is quite interesting by what it doesn’t do…it doesn’t limit the musical genre.

Arianna Quartet Performs Peruvian-Inspired String Quartet Sunday

16, 2012

As a kid learning how to play the piano, composer Gabriela Lena Frank says, “I would try and make my Beethoven sound a little more Peruvian by adding flourishes that the guitar players might use, or accents in a way that was reminiscent of what pan pipe players might do.” The unique sounds of Peruvian music would later find their way into Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout, part Peruvian travelogue, part family history recounting in the genre of the string quartet Frank’s first trip to her mother’s homeland.

Georg Solti and Mendelssohn with Chicago Symphony

23, 2012

We continue our week long celebration of conductor Georg Solti on Classical 101 this evening on Symphony @ 7 with Sir Georg leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn.

The Next Mozart?

13, 2012

Good things – including pianists – come in small packages.

Breathtaking: Shifrin, Han and Finckel Perform Saturday, Jan. 28

photograph of Wu Han, David Finckel and David Shifrin in performance
Clarinetist David Shifrin, pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel
January 26, 2012

Pianist Wu Han says David Shifrin’s playing literally took her breath away in a recording session with cellist David Finckel for their “Clarinet Trios” CD. The trio performs works by Beethoven, Bruch and Brahms Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m., at the Southern Theatre, pre-concert conversation at 7 p.m.

Letter By Beethoven Comes to Light

phoograph of a bust of Beethoven against a blue sky
Ludwig van Beethoven still head and shoulders above the competition
12, 2012

A letter known from other sources to have been penned by Beethoven in 1823 – four years before his death – and involving the composer’s Missa Solemnis has resurfaced after being bequeathed in a will, according to a story at the BBC News Web site The BBC report says Beethoven’s chronic financial and physical [...]

“Copying Beethoven”

16, 2011

Had Beethoven’s body fared as well in history as have his image and his art, that body would have been 241 years old today. On this auspicious occasion, and prompted by recollections of the 2006 film Copying Beethoven, I took a few moments to contemplate what it might have been like to know and work [...]

“New” Beethoven Quartet Movement To Be Performed

photograph of a graffiti likeness of Beethoven painted on a concrete wall
Beethoven in the here and now
September 28, 2011

Beethoven’s been dead for nearly two centuries, but one of his string quartet movements has just been born. Working from some of Beethoven’s famous musical sketches, British musicologist Barry Cooper has reconstructed a string quartet movement Beethoven had discarded months before completing his String Quartet Op. 18, No. 2, according to the BBC. The reconstructed [...]