Who's Afraid of Beethoven? A Conversation With Joshua Bell
If you run into violinist Joshua Bell at a cocktail party, don’t tell him you find classical music ‘relaxing.’ “Beethoven’s symphonies are not relaxing,” says Bell, who at 45 is director, conductor, and lead violinist of Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where he first performed at the age of 18: “They are the most exciting things that have ever been created by a human being.”
Video: Joshua Bell on why Beethoven's 4th and 7th symphonies just don't get old.
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