The Cape Symphony’s upcoming May 14 & 15 concert, Beethoven’s 9th: Ode to Joy, features some of Beethoven’s greatest works, including the towering Ninth Symphony.
Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak selected these links especially for you. Enjoy!
In this video, Ukrainian-American pianist Valentina Lisitsa performs Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”
Here is a fascinating explanation of the fortepiano (the instrument of Beethoven’s era) and an interpretation of Beethoven’s markings on the “Moonlight Sonata,” in a video by Tom Beghin, a famous interpreter of eighteenth-century music at the Orpheus Institute in Belgium.
The Cape Symphony string quartet will perform Beethoven’s revolutionary “Grosse Fuge” at Beethoven’s 9th: Ode to Joy. Watch The Danish String Quartet perform the piece at Lincoln Center. In this video, you can follow the score as the Talich Quartet performs. For a deeper dive, music analyst Richard Atkinson attempts to demystify the “Grosse Fuge” in this video.
Finally, enjoy this performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique with the Monteverdi Choir, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. If you want to jump straight to the fourth movement, “Ode to Joy,” click here.