27.04.2020 | Lecture

BTHVN2020 | Detmold: A Century of Beethoven Interpretation I

The Detmold piano professor Jacob Leuschner presents and comments on important and sometimes rare sound and film documentation on Beethoven interpretation from the 20th and 21st centuries during the course of two evenings.


Although Beethoven may have played a lesser role in recording repertoires during the first two decades of music recording, the famous recording of the Fifth by the Berlin Philharmonic under Artur Nikisch in 1913, the first ever recording of a complete symphony, at the very latest, saw him excellently represented on a recording. Pioneering acts such as the famed first complete recording of Beethoven’s piano sonatas by Artur Schnabel or the recordings of his string quartets by the Busch Quartet are illuminated, as are many other forgotten interpretations. The film recordings show great Beethoven pianists such as Wilhelm Kempff and Claudio Arrau, both of whom could be considered the “great-grand students” of Beethoven. His pupil Carl Czerny, as the teacher of two of the most important piano teachers of the 19th century, Franz Liszt and Theodor Leschetitzky, marks the origin of a piano tradition that goes on to this day. How the stance of romantic performance characterized by the great freedom of the interpreter developed into the "modern" ideal of faithfulness to the (original) texts during the course of the 20th century is illuminated using many examples. In addition to the documentation mentioned above, listeners can also look forward to sound recordings of Bronislaw Huberman, Fritz Kreisler, Ignaz Friedman, Frederic Lamond and Daniel Barenboim.


Photo: © Viktor Wink, Source: Adobe Stock


Gartensaal der Hochschule für Musik Detmold
Neustadt 22
32756 Detmold

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