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29. Beethoven: 5th Piano Concerto


[…] I can remember starving in a small room in a strange city
shades pulled down, listening to classical music
[…]
the old composers — Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms
were the only ones who spoke to me and they were dead.
finally, starved and beaten, I had to go into the streets
to be interviewed for low-paying and monotonous jobs 
by strange men behind desks 
men without eyes men without faces
who would take away my hours
break them
piss on them
now I work for the editors the readers the critics
but still hang around and drink with
Mozart, Bach, Brahms and the Bee
some buddies
some men
sometimes all we need to be able to continue alone
are the dead 
rattling the walls that close us in.

Excerpt from Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 


“Bach gave us God’s word, Mozart gave us God’s laughter and Beethoven gave us God’s fury.” Classical musical has loads of cliches that go down well on cocktail parties. And like most cliches, they’re never far from the truth.

Beethoven’s furious piano concerto — a.k.a. “Emperor” — is one of the best-loved concertos on the list, which explains why there are so many recordings widely available.

Recommended recording:
Mitsuko Uchida, Kurt Sanderling & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Wilhelm Kempff, Leon Fleisher and Alfred Brendel will all rattle the walls that close you in. But Mitsuko Uchida completely writes off a perfectly good piano in little under 40 minutes. Holy shit!

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