Ludwig van Beethoven

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op 101 & Op 106, ‘Hammerklavier’ review – the power of Pollini | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
The pianist’s severe, analytical style engages with two of the most challenging works in the repertoire to produce a disc of compelling, muscular authority

Andrew Clements

08, Dec, 2022 @3:30 PM

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‘KABOOM!’ – why Basquiat’s explosive art should be listened to, not just looked at
From Beethoven to bebop to his own abrasive, atonal ‘noise band’, the now revered artist tuned his work to music at every turn of his career, as a major new show reveals

Andrew Dickson

16, Nov, 2022 @11:27 AM

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Beethoven and Stravinsky Violin Concertos review | Erica Jeal's classical album of the week
In his first recording as conductor, Pekka Kuusisto is insightful and in control, and Vilde Frang brings electricity to both concertos

Erica Jeal

20, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Prom 61: Chineke!/Edusei review – the choral symphony gleams and teems with detail
The young orchestra brought lightness and an appealing new directness to their Proms performance of George Walker’s Lilacs and Beethoven’s 9th

Erica Jeal

04, Sep, 2022 @12:32 PM

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Elizabeth Leonskaja review – passion, power and purpose
The pianist was in foreful and majestic form as she performed the final three of Beethoven’s sonatas

Rian Evans

28, Aug, 2022 @2:20 PM

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Alim Beisembayev review – mature and intelligent playing from a future piano star
With a programme of Haydn, Beethoven and Liszt, the Kazakhstan-born winner of last year’s Leeds Piano Competition confirmed that he is a musician to watch

Andrew Clements

08, Aug, 2022 @9:44 AM

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Prom 19a: Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra review – tears and roars of delight for new national ensemble
Giving only their second ever performance, the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra was highly impressive and deeply moving in a programme of Silvestrov, Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms

Flora Willson

31, Jul, 2022 @3:40 PM

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Conrad Tao review – full-blooded piano playing with a dash of quirk
Tao’s programme exploited his talents to the full, including a ‘pandemic repertoire’ of Beethoven, Adams and Tao himself

Andrew Clements

14, Jul, 2022 @1:53 PM

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Ferdinand Ries: Piano Trio and Sextets review – Beethoven’s biographer steps into the spotlight
Ries has been overshadowed by his master, but the pianist/composer had plenty of talent – and ego – of his own, as these chamber works show

Erica Jeal

30, Jun, 2022 @2:17 PM

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How Beethoven inspired 50 years of cultural exchange between the US and China
A new book tells how classical music, played to the Chinese by the Philadelphia Orchestra, ushered in decades of valuable interchanges now under threat

Vincent Ni China affairs correspondent

09, Apr, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Diabelli Variations review | Erica Jeal's classical album of the week
The pianist’s clarity and dexterity brings humour and insights to Beethoven’s contradictory colossus of a work

Erica Jeal

07, Apr, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos and Choral Fantasy review – reissued reminder of a peerless pianist
This recording of Serkin from 1977 highlights a 20th-century great who brought musical purpose and intellectual rigour to every detail

Andrew Clements

03, Feb, 2022 @5:42 PM

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