"I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind, and makes them spiritually drunken". Small wonder then, that the Romantics who followed Beethoven felt paralyzed by the echo of this heroic, passionate voice.
As the 19th century opened, Beethoven committed himself to the forging of the dramatic new musical language which you will hear in to tonight's magisterial works; and then, listen beyond the score for the sound of his tragic, isolated voice in the words of a long lost love letter to his Immortal Beloved.
HALLELUJAH: (from Christ on the Mount of Olives op. 85): Ludwig van Beethoven
IMMORTAL BELOVED: Baritone and piano trio: James K. Wright
CHORAL FANTASY: op. 80: Ludwig van Beethoven
MASS IN C MAJOR: op.86: Ludwig van Beethoven
MAXIM BERNARD, piano