Beethoven Unleashed: Getting to grips with Beethoven
What is it about Beethoven's music that has made it a concert hall staple for over 200 years? Tom Service goes in search of the essence of what makes Beethoven Beethoven.
Beethoven: deaf for most of his life, unbearable egotist, flagrant opportunist and musical anarchist whose music reaches the heights of ecstasy. Where do you start with this bundle of contradictions, probably the most admired composer in Western music, whose works have unfailingly filled concert halls for over 200 years? Tom Service goes in search of what makes Beethoven Beethoven and suggests a few key pieces to help unlock the man and his music.
David Papp (producer)