A Prayer for Help

From an interview with Mitsuko Uchida in the Guardian:

How would you entice a newcomer to listen to Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto?
When you ask a pianist which of the five Beethoven concertos they prefer, they invariably say the Fourth. Apart from the originality, it has a spirituality that is difficult to describe. I remember [the conductor] Kurt Sanderling saying the slow movement sounds as if God has sent a curse down on the earth in the orchestra, with the piano solo replying like a prayer for help – that is how beautiful it is.

When asked what the biggest threat to classical music is, she replies,

Soundbite culture. Music is like a great painting framed in time. You need all of it.

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