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The CSO’s Beethoven Ninth featured on ‘History This Week’

Ode to joy! A Chicago Symphony Orchestra recording of Beethoven’s Ninth will be featured in a History Channel podcast next…

Beethoven Pastoral Project aims to rally the world through music

The music of Beethoven, especially his Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral), has been enlisted in the cause of environmental protection worldwide….

When Beethoven went steampunk — and plonked

Dear Ludwig: It’s a big deal, this 250th birthday of yours. You’ve remained at the absolute top of Western music…

‘The very finest’—Thomas and the Orchestra at the 1904 Cincinnati May Festival

In May 1904, Chicago Orchestra founder and first music director Theodore Thomas led his final Cincinnati May Festival concerts at…

Beethoven remains a musical touchstone for pianist Paul Lewis

Few of today’s leading pianists are more identified with the music of Ludwig van Beethoven than Paul Lewis. The British…

For Emanuel Ax, Beethoven’s piano concertos ‘are all extraordinary’

Although Ludwig van Beethoven wrote fewer piano concertos than he did symphonies (nine) or piano sonatas (32), the works nonetheless offer…

250 years after his birth, Beethoven and his music reign supreme

Earlier this summer, a substantial lock of Beethoven’s gray and dark brown hair, tied with a silk thread and preserved…

For pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, it all begins with Beethoven

Rudolf Buchbinder performs a wide range of music from J.S. Bach to present-day works, but one composer towers above all…

Beethoven 250: ‘I have a talent for music’

Beethoven: Impressions by His Contemporaries compiles remembrances of the great composer by his friends, teachers and fellow artists. The collection,…

Beethoven 250: When Ludwig met Mozart

Beethoven: Impressions by His Contemporaries compiles remembrances of the great composer by his friends, teachers and fellow artists. The collection,…

Beethoven 250: The travails of Missa solemnis

Beethoven: Impressions by His Contemporaries compiles remembrances of the great composer by his friends, teachers and fellow artists. The collection,…