Episode 8: Beethoven the Performer
Beethoven: The Basics with Andy Bush
Andy Bush investigates Beethoven’s skills on stage, as a pianist, improviser and conductor, and finds useful parallels with Donkey Kong, dry ice and Dane Bowers. The guests in this episode are conductors Karin Hendrickson, Jonathon Heyward and Sir Mark Elder, pianist Stephen Hough, cellist Matthew Barley, clarinettist Julian Bliss and composer and Scala Radio presenter Jack Pepper. This podcast features clips of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 3 & 4, performed by Elizabeth Sombart and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony No.7, performed by the Britten Sinfonia, and the Piano Concerto No.5 performed by Alessio Bax and the Southbank Sinfonia - all are available at https://signumrecords.com. Other musical extracts were provided by the London Philharmonic Orchestra; LPO Label releases are available on all major streaming platforms and at lpo.org.uk/recordings.