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'The nearest to God we get': stars pick the Beethoven work they cherish

20 days ago   |   By The Guardian

Ali Smith does an opus a month, Tony Hall saw Fidelio on Robben Island, and Lady Brenda Hale used to march to his Grosse Fuge. As the Proms celebrate Beethoven's 250th anniversary, stars reveal a favourite work Alan Hollinghurst , author
Beethoven is a master of compaction and urgency, and more than any other composer he writes startlingly moving fast music. The third movement of the Op 95 string quartet , “ vivace ma serioso ”, sums it up. I love this quartet for its intensity and compression, the absence of expected repeats which throws you into a “now or never” relationship with the...
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