Harvey Sachs is the author of "The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824." Sachs and Jim Fleming talk about Beethoven's political leanings and philosophical aspirations and how they're reflected in his last symphony.
LvB got to me when I was in high school and never let go. So much so I read several biographies in college! But this was all new and, while I disagree that the 1st movement is about battle (creation of the universe!) it was a wonderful show. Thanks, Harvey!
What recording of the 9th were you playing on the show?!!! Bad, bad taste not to credit it at least here on the website, let alone not mentioning it on the air! Shame!
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