Listen to iconic masterpieces with new ears as NPR & PBS music commentator, conductor, composer, author and pianist Rob Kapilow shows you what you've been missing!
Featuring the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia
Goethe called Beethoven enormously talented, but a “completely untamed personality.” Weber thought that the 7th Symphony showed that Beethoven was “ripe for the madhouse.” Beethoven’s contemporaries thought his music was as difficult, defiant, radical and as untamed as the man himself. Yet today the 7th Symphony has become an icon of classical music, as canonical as any symphony ever written. How did this happen? Can we rehear this iconic work as the disturbing, eccentric, radical, untamed masterpiece it was for Beethoven’s contemporaries?