Monthly Archives: February 2013


When I was a teenager, I listened over the course of a year to the entire works of Beethoven, thanks to Gladys Alkire, my piano teacher, who owned the entire blue-boxed DG set released in the early 1970’s.

So this week, I’m attending a Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra performance of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony (coupled with the Elgar violin concerto, my real reason for going).

And in about seven weeks’ time, I’ll be in Vienna, where I will see and hear Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his group perform Beethoven II and the Mass in C, all of this at the Musikverein as part of the Spring Festival!