Friday, December 21, 2012
What Was Greatest Concert Ever?
Let's return to that fabled night in Vienna when L.V. Beethoven rented out a hall on December 22, 1808, for the premiere of his Fifth Symphony--you may have heard of it--and Sixth ("Pastoral") Symphony and, by the way, the greatest piano concerto written by anyone ever (No. 4). And selections from a little thing called the Mass in C Major. Plus: the Choral Fantasia, forerunner to the Nine Symphony. For good measure: the maestro himself improvised at the piano. It lasted four hours in a frigid hall. Critics dubbed it too much of a good thing. Read all about it in my column from a few years ago. Below, the revolutionary "storm" section of the Pastoral.