Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

Joy, bright spark of divinity. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is classical music’s most beloved celebration of the human spirit – a splendid ode to equality, freedom and fellowship powered by Romantic fervour and Beethoven’s triumphant struggle against the limits of mind...
Brahms Requiem and Schumann Cello Concerto

Brahms Requiem and Schumann Cello Concerto

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Brahms wrote his Requiem not to mourn the dead, but to give solace to the bereaved. Brahms himself lost a dear friend and mentor when Schumann died in 1856. The latter never heard his Cello Concerto performed....