As we celebrate the sesquicentennial year of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, conductor Giancarlo Guerrero joined us for a look at all nine of his symponies.
Some are defined by their subject, some by their opening notes, and others by the life they’ve taken on since Beethoven’s death. But when you put the complete set together, in order, it traces a fascinating life of a composer who knew heartbreak and struggle.
If you’re new to the podcast, don’t forget to take a look back at other episodes that feature Beethoven and his music.
Most recently, a clip show featuring many guests’ words on the great composer.
Myths about the composer’s life were busted by Dr. Robin Wallace.
And pianist Yefim Bronfman brings the performer’s perspective on the practicalities of performing Beethoven’s music.
A transcript of this episode is available here: CS_Beethoven250_Symphonies