1 Jun 2014

Composer of the Week: Beethoven

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 1 June 2014

Anyone who thinks that musical scores lay down exact instructions for the performance needs to reconsider. In this programme, David Morris plays us some of the most well-known orchestral works in the repertoire, those by Beethoven, and compares interpretations by an array of conductors.

Some of the earliest existing recordings feature in the programme and you can hear the striking changes made to the music by different conducting styles. You might find yourself asking, “How would Beethoven have done it?” Well, Beethoven did sometimes conduct his own works, but his hearing loss meant he struggled to get his point across.

Image: Beethoven conducting as depicted by artist Michel Katzaroff in 1933.