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The Emotional Power of Beethoven's Music

Audio: Classical 101's Jennifer Hambrick interviews Jonathan Biss about the emotional power of Beethoven's music. Video: Jonathan Biss talks about practicing, recording and communicating Beethoven. As Part Three in our five-part series of conversations with pianist Jonathan Biss, the world-renowned pianist continues his discussion of Beethoven's music. In a previous installment in this series, Biss spoke of his "obsession" with Beethoven. In the audio clip above, Biss talks about the emotional power of Beethoven's music. "(Beethoven)," Biss says, "can make us feel that he's reinventing the world." This week marks the third week of Biss' five-week course "Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas," offered through the online learning portal Coursera in conjunction with Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. The course has attracted 25,000 students from around the globe and from all walks of life. Read more:

  • Online Beethoven Course Attracts 25,000 Students (Classical 101)
  • Pianist Jonathan Biss on Beethoven As Cultural Hero (Classical 101)
Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.