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 25 January
Join John Suchet for the latest programme in his landmark series, taking us on a year-long journey to discover the real story behind a composer who we might think we know plenty about: Ludwig van Beethoven.
This week, John explores the mystery of Beethoven’s birthday and why his father may have been deliberately trying to disguise his son’s age. He also reveals the truth behind Beethoven’s school days, and discovers why his family removed him from formal education at the age of ten. John plays the music Beethoven was composing around that time too, including his first attempt at a theme with variations, and a series of piano quartets Beethoven wrote as a boy that he could play alongside adults.