The German composer (1770-1827) is one of the most influential composers of all time and played an important role in the transition from the Classical to Romantic eras in European classical music.
Best known among Beethoven's extensive oeuvre is his Ninth Symphony, which includes the "Ode to Joy" chorus. The tune has since become the anthem of the European Union. Tragically, Beethoven came to suffer from hearing loss, which gradually worsened of the years. Nevertheless, he continued to compose. The musician moved to Vienna in his early 20s, but is also considered the most famous son of Bonn, Germany, where his birth home serves as a tourist attraction.
The flying fiery candles may be missing, but conductor Francois-Xavier Roth is nonetheless taking a leaf out of Beethoven's book with unpredictable and provocative performances based on the composer's own music series.