2020 is the 250 years since Beethoven’s birth. From amongst the blogs we follow came an article lamenting the likely freezing effect this anniversary might have on programming. That’s entirely understandable given the conservatism of many orchestras’ offerings. Which hard-pressed venue or ensemble manager wouldn’t be seduced by the prospect of more and more Beethoven?
There is another approach. Arcana FM and Richard Whitehouse deliver a concert review for our local orchestra, the CBSO, as the orchestra shows how it’s done. https://arcana.fm/2020/02/01/cbso-mirga-grazinyte-tyla-beethoven/
2020 is also the CBSO’s centenary. Across the two concert seasons, the orchestra will perform 40 new commissions (funded in part by the John Ellerman Foundation). Both established and new composers will have the opportunity to bring freshness and innovation to the concert hall.
This isn’t to dismiss Beethoven. Over the course of the year, we hope to feature a post or two of our own about this towering, maverick figure.