Ludwig van Beethoven

Ian Bostridge and Isabelle Faust
Sim Cannetty-Clark and Felix Broede

Now available on-demand: Tenor Ian Bostridge sings Schubert's heart-wrenching songs with pianist Thomas Adès, and violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov perform Beethoven sonatas, on WCRB In Concert with the Celebrity Series of Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

January 22

Richard Egarr leads the Handel and Haydn Society in Beethoven's revolutionary Symphony No. 3 on WCRB In Concert.

On the program:

Beethoven - Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4, "Italian"

Recorded on Oct. 30, 2016, at Symphony Hall in Boston

For more information about upcoming concerts, visit the Handel and Haydn Society.

Hear a preview with Richard Egarr on The Answered Question:

Ellen Appel

March 12

The world-renowned ensemble plays an all-Beethoven program at a concert presented by Rockport Music. 

Petr Kratochvil

The year was 1788. Thomas Jefferson, nearing the end of his post as the Ambassador to France, spent his days wandering the streets of Paris, attending concerts and the theater, and combing through bookshops in search of any volumes that would be pertinent to the fledgling United States of America.

In Vienna, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart churned out more than 40 compositions, including the three symphonies that would be his last - numbers 39, 40, and 41.

And across the ocean, as more and more states ratified the U.S. Constitution, General George Washington began the campaign that resulted in his unanimous election as the new nation's first president.

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Wikimedia Commons

Over the past few weeks I have been blissfully “nerding out” to The Beethoven Compendium, an in-depth, all-encompassing Beethoven biographyIt’s a deep dive into what we know about the man, his daily habits, his influences, and what made him tick.