black_queen (black_queen) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

#13 Johnathan Biss: Beethoven's Shadow

A Kindle single, i.e. an essay in which Johnathan Biss, a performing pianist, tells about his love for Beethoven's music and his quest to record the all the 32 sonatas. Being a (very amateur) pianist myself and having been in love with Beethoven's music since I was about 10, I found this very interesting and touching.
Biss also discusses how recording is different from a concert, and how we are used to hear perfection (whatever that is) on our CD, whereas in a concert hall minor glitches and inaccuracies do not matter but rather add charm and personality to the performance.
All in all, nicely written. 4/5.
Tags: essays, music

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