Road to Joy with Jeremy Denk

Finding Ludwig van Beethoven in the 21st Century

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Friday, November 04, 2011

This week on The New Canon, we celebrate Beethoven Awareness Month with multi-talented pianist Jeremy Denk. A ferocious and forward-thinking composer, Beethoven was writing new music when it was still new, and with Denk we delve into the revolutionary nature of his works while also asking—who are the modern-day Beethovens? And is such a comparison still relevant?

Just as Beethoven caused a stir as a composer, Denk has galvanized listeners as a performer—including a program that paired Ludwig's fiendishly difficult Hammerklavier Sonata with Charles Ives's equally virtuosic Concord Sonata. Such pairings are the stuff vibrant music is made of (earlier this year Denk did the same with Ligeti's Études Books I and II and Bach's Goldberg Variations). We'll hear some performances of Denk's on all sides of the spectrum while we place Beethoven in a Q2 Music context.

Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.

Hosted by:

Olivia Giovetti

Comments [3]

Ed Chang from nyc

I avoided Schnabel's cycle for a long time because I expected it would be "fossilized" in comparison to say, Kovacevich. I found out later that Schnabel was actually quite revolutionary!

Nov. 04 2011 01:07 PM
Greg Mitchell from Nyack NY

Hello again, Jeremy, from Greg Mitchell. I hope you are enjoying your Beethoven Action Figure.

Nov. 04 2011 01:04 PM

Before the conversation begins, I just want to thank Jeremy Denk, as well as Hillary Hahn, for their important advocacy of Charles Ives. This composer has long been one of my touchstones, and both of their recent recordings are among my favorites of his music.

Nov. 04 2011 01:00 PM

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