Ah, the life of a musician. A guy who has been dead for 200 years is asking for the impossible but you're still trying. Happy New Year, everybody
In the Los Angeles Times this week, Mark Swed praises Shai and cellist Ralph Kirshbaum's 2016 #Beethoven recording as "the ideal of modern Beethoven. Beautifully recorded, it boasts Beethoven as we imagine him today. Cello and piano are perfectly balanced. Both musicians have big, involving tones that pick every Beethovenian nuance. The performances are straightforward to the point of being all Beethoven, all the time. How in the world could the Grammys have missed this one in its recent chamber music nominations?" latimes.com
In popular culture, the man will forever be seen as the ferocious genius, the embodiment of heroic struggle, the ultimately tragic figure of the deaf composer. The music, however, is actually just as often uplifting and full of hope. In the end, he is about one thing - truth. Beethoven never lies. Happy Birthday, dear sir. #Beethoven
Londoners: Mark your calendars for Feb. 10 at Kings Place with Shai and the Aurora Orchestra!