Twice in my life I had devoted time to performing and recording these works; I felt the itch to do it one more time. This, I knew, might be the last time, and I wanted it to be special. I also thought it might be an opportunity to write about this music. In order to do it well, I wanted to do some research.
Have you ever been knocked sideways by a performance of a work that you know really well? In fact, so well, that you have approached past performances more as duty rather than a pleasure. It happened to me recently with the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, one of the most popular and often performed works in the repertoire.