July 16, 2024


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Very small Desk (Dwelling) Live performance : NPR

The Little Desk is doing work from property for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Little Desk (home) live shows, bringing you performances from across the region and the entire world. It’s the exact same spirit — stripped-down sets, an personal placing — just a various place.

The pandemic has sidelined a lot of huge Beethoven birthday ideas. Jonathan Biss was slated to enjoy live shows around the world in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s beginning. Alternatively, he is property in Philadelphia. So it really is no shock that for this all-Beethoven Little Desk live performance, Biss chose new music that explores the composer’s personal isolation, introduced on by deafness and an uncompromising identity.

Biss is uniquely skilled for the undertaking at hand. The 40-yr-previous pianist has recorded all 32 of Beethoven’s freewheeling sonatas, performed them globally and has taught an on the web class in the tunes.

That’s amazing. However, what is actually extra astounding is the personal tale powering Biss’ obsession with Beethoven. The recording undertaking by itself took just about 10 decades and the items Biss suggests he gave up – associations, even his sense of self – in order to dwell the aspiration is heartbreaking. The pandemic has shut down the lifetime and livelihoods of lots of musicians, and for Biss the down time supplied place to confront his marriage to Beethoven and his individual demons. He tells his tale in a uncooked and insightful audio memoir called Unquiet: My Daily life with Beethoven to be produced this week. It can be the journey of an artist having difficulties with anxiety and solitude.

You can hear some of Beethoven’s own struggle in these perceptive performances. The bittersweetness of the Bagatelle Op. 126, No. 1, the moments of fragility in the Sonata, Op. 90, and the inside standpoint that reaches outward from the Sonata Op. 109, all show that Beethoven’s audio is as significant nowadays as ever.

Set Listing

  • Beethoven: Bagatelle in G, Op. 126, No. 1
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E minimal, Op. 90: I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E, Op. 109: I. Vivace, ma non troppo — Adagio espressivo, II. Prestissimo
  • Beethoven: Bagatelle in E-flat, Op. 126, No. 3



  • Movie and Audio: Jonathan Biss

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