Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

No introduction necessary, though people sometimes forget just how revolutionary was Beethoven's work - especially his later work. Audiences in the early 19th century had as much trouble understanding him as audiences 100 years later had understanding Mahler.

Here is my favorite living pianist, Alfred Brendel, and one of my favorite living conductors, Claudio Abbado, in a performance of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto:

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