|"Ach, why was I born too early for the coclear implant? And what's all this hoo ha about lead-based paint?"|
‘David, Isaiah, Aristophanes, Jesus, Schiller, Beethoven – how you must be suffering. Forgive me for getting carried away, I had meant to stick to the subject of dates and of Beethoven. But it is all one. Beethoven is struggle, the struggle for peace, for fulfilment of spirit, for serenity and triumphal joy. He achieved it in his music – not only in his Ninth but in all his symphonies, and in his quartets and piano sonatas, and trios and concertos. Somehow it must be possible for us to learn from his music by hearing it: no, not hearing but listening to it, with all our power of attention and concentration.’"Beethoven's Ninth ends with a sublime and stirring choral movement that has inspired people the world over. Somewhat lesser known but equally uplifting is his only opera, Fidelio, of which we have the complete score.
|"Tell me the truth, Alma, does this hat make me look soigné?"|
We currently have Die Walküre on CD and on DVD ("Ho jo to ho!") as well as Lohengrin on DVD—all of which make it easy to forget his quirks in the face of his musical genius.
Coda: Here's a fine video with Lenny talking about and performing the 9th's finale... for when you have a little time on your hands. What a cadre of soloists!