On Saturday nights from 9pm to 10pm, John Suchet presents ‘Beethoven – The Man Revealed’, a year-long series about Beethoven’s life, celebrating 250 years since the great composer’s birth.
Throughout the landmark 52-week series, John will reveal the dramas, loves, conflicts and successes of the musical genius, offering listeners an unprecedented insight into the man behind the music.
Saturday 4 April
A 23-year-old Beethoven is under the spotlight tonight. At this time in his life, he was looking for opportunities to perform in front of influential Viennese nobleman, including one who gifted him a horse that Beethoven subsequently forgot was his.
John also includes music the composer wrote for the unusual combination of two oboes and cor anglais, and tells the story of the chaotic build up to the first performance of the composer’s first piano concerto – now labelled his Piano Concerto No.2. Having discarded parts of it, Beethoven had only just finished it in time and found himself beset with health problems: as he walked out onto the stage, his stomach was troubling him, and he was starting to notice that his hearing wasn’t quite right…