Beethoven en Hadelich Overcomes Injury, Attains Greatness <p>Doctors told 15-year-old violin prodigy&nbsp;Augustin Hadelich he would never play again. A tractor fire at his family's farm had badly burned his upper body, including his bowing arm. But after many months of physical therapy Hadelich came back - and now, at age 29, he has won top international awards, been entrusted with two consecutive Stradivarius violins, and earned praise from critics like Alex Ross, who wrote in <em>The New Yorker </em>that Hadelich&nbsp;has not only "fast-fingered brilliance" but also "the musicality and freewheeling fantasy that... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:08:19 +0000 Barney Sherman 36099 at Hadelich Overcomes Injury, Attains Greatness Blechacz Featured on Performance Today <p>Tune in at 5 PM Tuesday to hear the pianist everyone is talking about playing Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven - and to learn how to pronounce his name! Rafal Blechacz (who won all five first prizes at the International Chopin Competion in 2005) was just named the 2014 Gilmore Artist. What's unique about this $300,000 award, given every four years, is that recipients don't even know they are under consideration until they win. Also, in the second hour of PT, hear Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra perform Beethoven's Second Symphony at Carnegie Hall.</p><p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:36:20 +0000 Barney Sherman 34826 at Blechacz Featured on Performance Today Favorite Classical CDs of 2013 <p>When I <a href="" target="_blank">spoke with<strong> Charity Nebbe </strong>about favorite</a><strong><a href="" target="_blank"> classical CDs of 2013</a>,</strong> time was short, so I cut my list to 10 that I thought might appeal to the widest range of listeners. But my actual list is much longer. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:13:13 +0000 Barney Sherman 33812 at Favorite Classical CDs of 2013 Beethoven 9th & Turnage Premiere <p>Join us at 7PM as Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's 9th&nbsp;Symphony, preceded by a musical meditation on the 9th, "Frieze" by Mark-Anthony Turnage &nbsp;in its American premiere. Says Turnage, "I've been obsessed with Beethoven from the age of eight. What a joy, therefore, to be asked... to write a piece inspired by Beethoven's great symphony. Beethoven is a towering figure, but I find him more inspiring than intimidating."</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:09:37 +0000 Barney Sherman 31049 at Beethoven 9th & Turnage Premiere Andsnes, Dudamel Beethoven Thirds <p>Tune in at 7PM for Beethoven&#39;s 3rd Piano Concerto and 3rd Symphony from two leading artists -&nbsp; Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and LA Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Andsnes, who was recently elected to Gramophone&#39;s Hall of Fame, is in the midst of what he calls his &quot;Beethoven journey,&quot; and his recent recording of this concerto was praised widely - but all present say he surpassed it in this concert performance. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 02:01:17 +0000 Barney Sherman 30071 at Andsnes, Dudamel Beethoven Thirds Beethoven 9th & more from Barenboim <p>Join us at 7PM for Beethoven&#39;s 9th Symphony (preceded by his 2nd) in a concert by Daniel Barenboim and his orchestra of young Israeli and Arab musicians, the West-Eastern Divan. Before, at 5 pm, you can hear him lead the Vienna Philharmonic in Johann Strauss, Jr., and - as pianist - play Mendelssohn, Mozart, and the Chopin Concerto no. 2 (conducted by the Boston Symphony&#39;s new music director, Andris Nelsons). You&#39;ll also hear him say, &quot;I pray every day that I will not get comfortable in my old age.&quot;</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 02:29:03 +0000 Barney Sherman 29888 at Beethoven 9th & more from Barenboim Kim Performs Beethoven Third Concerto <p>Tune in Tuesday to sample the art of Sunwook Kim - the youngest pianist to win the prestigious Leeds Competition in 40 years and the first Asian winner. He performs Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the <span class="regular">Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, which also performs Janacek's Sinfonietta and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 3.</span>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 01:57:15 +0000 Barney Sherman 29545 at Kim Performs Beethoven Third Concerto Beethoven's Biggest Hit Was the... What? <p>Join Barney Sherman Monday for an afternoon of classical music, with great pieces from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Featured works include the last symphony of Haydn and an early hit of Beethoven, his Septet. Beethoven wrote this serenade with every intention of its becoming a best-seller, and it did, in some ways out-earning even the symphonies. If you wonder what music-lovers heard in it, wait till you hear the exceptional recording Barney has in store.</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 01:38:45 +0000 Barney Sherman 29476 at Beethoven's Biggest Hit Was the... What? Uchida Live in Beethoven 4th Concerto <p>Join us at 7PM to hear one of the supreme pianists, Mitsuko Uchida, perform a work she's renowned for, Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4.&nbsp;Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which also performs Berlioz's <em>Symphonie Fantastique</em>. The concert broadcast also includes an interview about Beethoven with Uchida, who is Artist-in-Residence of the Cleveland Orchestra, co-director of the Marlboro Music Festival, and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 03:09:37 +0000 Barney Sherman 28820 at Uchida Live in Beethoven 4th Concerto Grimaud's Great Beethoven, Friday Afternoon <p>When Hélène Grimaud isn't playing the piano, her passion is the wolf conservancy she co-founded. It liberated her, she writes: after conceiving of it, "I had become a wild woman." That wildness may be part of what make Grimaud a great Beethoven interpreter. Hear her in Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5, (known as "The Emperor") Friday afternoon on Barney Sherman's program. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:30:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 22794 at Grimaud's Great Beethoven, Friday Afternoon Concertgebouw Beethoven: Kleiber & more <p>Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the legendary Carlos Kleiber conducting one of his signature works, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony live in concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The broadcast features other Concertgebouw legends in this composer: Eduard van Beinum, Mariss Jansons, Rafael Kubelik, and Riccardo Chailly each conducting one movement of the Second Symphony, and Mitsuko Uchida, Claudio Arrau, and Murray Perahia each playing one movement of the Third Piano Concerto.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:12:34 +0000 Barney Sherman 22725 at Concertgebouw Beethoven: Kleiber & more Beethoven under the stars <p>The Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth (Pastoral) Symphonies and third Leonore&nbsp;Overture under the stars at Tanglewood&nbsp;with noted Beethovenian Christoph von Dohnanyi - sound enticing? Tune in Tuesday at 7 pm to hear it on&nbsp;SymphonyCast on IPRClassical.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 02:59:01 +0000 Barney Sherman 21443 at Beethoven under the stars