Beethoven

The Kreutzer Sonata

Oct 22, 2015

Thursday, we’re talking about a new production by Plan-B Theatre Company that adapts a passionate sonata by Beethoven and a banned novella by Tolstoy. In 1889, Tolstoy used the sonata as the driving force behind a husband’s jealousy and murderous rage. Playwright Eric Samuelsen says his goal was for the audience to hear Beethoven the way Tolstoy’s character heard him. Samuelsen joins us, along with pianist Jason Hardink and others, to discuss the art and emotion of The Kreutzer Sonata.

Beethoven's Fifth

Sep 11, 2015

Even if you're not an aficionado of classical music, it's very likely you would recognize the first four notes of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. You know - it's the one that goes "DUH DUH DUH DUUUH." The Utah Symphony opens its 75th season tonight with the iconic work under the direction of Maestro Thierry Fischer. We're using it as an opportunity to talk to music scholar Thomas Forrest Kelly about the night in 1808 when Beethoven's Fifth was first performed and about why it has endured for more than 200 years. (Rebroadcast)