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The Treasures of Beethoven Meeting Mozart; Vienna, City of Music; A Illness; A Loyal Friend; The Legacy; In Beet- John Suchet Musician and his Patrons; Deafness; Eroica hoven’s Footsteps. There is also a helpful index. Andre Deutsch Symphony; Pathétique Piano Sonata; Kreutzer This book is complemented by a single 9780233002163 HB slipcase £30 Violin Sonata; Beethoven’s Women; Moon- CD slipped into the first page. The tracks are light Sonata; Fifth Symphony; The Opera; all licensed from EMI Classics and include his is a stunning cornucopia of a book, Pastoral Symphony; Emperor Piano Concerto; single movements from the Fifth Symphony T ideal for lovers of Beethoven of course but also for lovers of beautifully created Immortal Beloved; Family Strife; The Court Case; Hammerklavier Sonata; Last Three Piano (RLPO/Mackerras), Third Symphony (Phil- adelphia/Muti), the Fidelio Overture (Rattle), books. Littered throughout the pages of this Sonatas; Missa Solemnis; Choral Symphony; Missa Solemnis (Giulini), the ‘Moonlight’ outsize testament to the great composer are Karl’s Revenge; The Late Quartets; The Final Sonata (Kovacevich) and the Kreutzer Sonata facsimiles of letters, notes, pages of music (the Menuhins, Yehudi and Jeremy). These and other paper based artefacts. Naturally musicians are all eminent protagonists of they are all written in German but a full these works. translation appears in the opening pages, The author is a known passionate auth- again tucked into a little carved envelope. ority on the life and works of Ludwig van The whole is protected by a heavyweight Beethoven, award winning, one-time news- quality slipcase. reader John Suchet. John has also written the Each pink toned, sepia spread has at Classic FM Friendly Guide to Beethoven and a least one picture that shines out in vibrant multi-volume study entitled The Last Master. colour. The information about Beethoven In my view this book represents phenom- deals with various facets of his life and the enal value for money, there is just so much to timescale is chronological ending of course enjoy. ■ with h
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