The classical music world is mourning the loss of a giant. Austrian-born conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died aged 86, three months after announcing his retirement. His recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion won a Grammy Award in 2001.
Descriptions of pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim tend toward the superlative. The celebrated maestro is also a public relations mastermind who puts music in the service of a higher goal.
This hour, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony are guests at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. On the program: "Petrushka" by Igor Stravinsky.
We'll never know what the composer actually heard when he was going deaf, but the new music in this program gives us an idea of his internal hearing processes. That along with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4.
Beethoven died in 1827, so what does he have to do with the current climate talks? The answer lies in the "Beethoven Pastoral Project," inspired by the composer's "Pastoral Symphony."
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