Episode 9: Beethoven's Health
Beethoven: The Basics with Andy Bush
In the penultimate episode, Andy Bush turns to Beethoven’s ill health and explores how it affected his music. How he was able to continue composing as he became increasingly deaf? Andy gains insight from Maya Iwabuchi, leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, clarinettist Julian Bliss, cellist Matthew Barley, pianist Stephen Hough, conductor Karin Hendrickson and Scala Radio presenter and composer Jack Pepper. The podcast features an extract of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No.3, played by Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk, which is available on Onyx Records, and his second symphony, played by the Britten Sinfonia, which is released on Signum Classics, along with clips of the Piano Concertos 3 & 4, performed by Elizabeth Sombart and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Piano Concerto No.5, played by Alessio Bax and the Southbank Sinfonia - all are available at https://signumrecords.com. Other extracts were provided by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and you can find LPO Label releases on all major streaming platforms and at lpo.org.uk/recordings.